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15 August 2010 - A Reader Makes a Point

I do enjoy reading your responses to some of my topics on Samuelson Sez. I will tell you however, if your name is not on the e-mail I don’t even read it, but let me share with you an e-mail this week from a reader who used his name and is a Doctor in Environmental Sciences.

“Dear Mr. Samuelson,

The reason I am writing you today s that you regularly lump ‘environmentalists,’ ‘animal rights advocates,’ and ‘environmental scientists’ into the same bag. This is highly inappropriate. There is a huge gulf between those who work on environmental issues, those who tie themselves to trees and those who wish to give animals the right to vote.

In fact, most scientists will agree with agriculture professionals that groups like PETA and Humane Society of the United States are problematic groups. Also most environmental scientists have very little in common with radical environmentalists and animal rights advocates.

We do not have it out for agriculture and definitely desire to find ways for agriculture industries to adopt more environmentally friendly practices while improving their profit margin. Agriculture uses natural resources and every farmer I have ever spoken with possessed extremely positive environmental ethics. Posing those environmental scientists who seek to help farmers as members of radical groups is simply inappropriate”.

Yes, perhaps I have painted some people and groups together with too broad a brush and for that, I apologize. I don’t recall referring to environmental scientists but I certainly agree with this Doctor of Environmental Sciences that there is a difference between what I call the radical elements in environmentalism and animal rights and those who, as this Doctor says, understands agriculture and the need to make a profit and works to enhance environmental practices.

Dr., I thank you for calling it to my attention and in the future will make it a point to refer to the PETA’s and HSUS’s of the world as radical and will not include environmental scientists working with crop and livestock producers to improve the environment. I would also urge all of us who become involved in this debate with the radicals, to always use science and not emotion as the basis for our arguments.

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