Articles by Blake Hurst
Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
- If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.
The EPA Overreaches Again
Monday, June 23, 2014
- A new EPA rule is a disaster for farmers and the traditional understanding of the relationship between the federal government and the states.
California’s Chicken Law and the Commerce Clause
Thursday, January 16, 2014
- The country is awash in legislative efforts to increase regulation of agriculture, but only California has had the chutzpah to impose the preferences of that ...
Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Big data will make farming more environmentally responsible and easier to regulate, but will lessen the sense of place cherished by the local food movement.
When Saving Is a Problem Not a Virtue
Thursday, April 18, 2013
- The Obama administration’s proposed limits on ‘reasonable’ retirement savings would penalize success and patience in favor of the nebulous concept of fairness.
The Next Real Estate Bubble: Farmland
Friday, March 29, 2013
- Farmers have been taking on mounting debt, creating an unsustainable increase in land prices and risking a crash that would ripple through our economy.
Monday, October 1, 2012
- We don’t have enough land and we can’t afford the opportunity costs of a return to a romantic version of agriculture. But we can afford a food system that ...
Raining Nonsense during a Drought
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
- The only conclusion to draw from a year like this one is that Mother Nature is not always kind.
The High, High Cost of Low, Low Rates
Saturday, August 4, 2012
- Monetary easing combined with a promise to increase both nominal GDP growth and interest rates would jump-start this stagnant economy.
And the Regulatory State Drones On
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
- Forget the kerfuffle over EPA drone flights; nobody pays attention to the things that the EPA is doing that are truly frightening.
The Forgotten Man of the Tax Debate
Thursday, February 9, 2012
- Obama, Romney, and Buffett, listen up. In all the bickering over incentives and tax fairness, there has been little mention of the thing that matters most of ...
An Imaginary Dustup? The Incalculable Harm of Regulation
Sunday, January 8, 2012
- Why surveys cannot begin to capture the cumulative damage of regulations. It’s not aggie paranoia or ‘right-wing nuttery.’
Why I’m ‘Ginned Up’ about Regulation
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
- President Obama seems to be unaware of any regulations that would concern farmers and equally ill-informed as to the source of those regulations.
A Big, Muddy Project Alright
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
- Floods are inexorable, and inevitable, but they’ve got nothing on environmentalists. Farmers and families who live along the Mississippi should prepare ...
Our Real Food Problem
Saturday, January 22, 2011
- We don’t have a food system problem, but a problem of self-control. We can’t solve that with quinoa or locally grown, free-range chicken.
The 21st-Century Land Rush
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
- The move toward securing farmland in faraway places can be seen not only as a bet on increasing food prices, but also as a hedge against a breakdown in world ...
The Sweet 'n Lowdown on GM Crops
Thursday, August 19, 2010
- Farmers should be allowed to continue growing genetically modified sugar beets despite a recent flawed court decision.
No Butz About It
Saturday, July 17, 2010
- How a long-ago Secretary of Agriculture became the demon of industrial food critics; and how those critics get the last half-century of agricultural history ...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
- To saddle hungry Haitians with American romanticism about agriculture is the worst kind of imperialism.
‘The First White Farmer Had Been Murdered’
Thursday, April 15, 2010
- An eyewitness account of Zimbabwe’s collapse.
Give Thanks for This Harvest
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Nobody but we farmers celebrates a great crop like this one. The rest of America should celebrate, and be grateful for the abundance that agriculture provides.
The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals
Thursday, July 30, 2009
- Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty. It still is. This is something the critics of industrial farming never seem to understand.