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Old September 27, 2000, 09:16 AM
peter hall
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Default Re: Growing Good Corn

on the other side of the coin are those farmers and companies who for whatever reason are growing GM crops and contaminating neighbours farms for miles around
just a thought
> Dien,

> I received this by email today. It made me
> think of the WE philosophy of SOWPUB.
> Enjoy...


> (The link below is giving credit to Steve
> Goodier, the originator of this email. I
> receive no remuneration from Steve.)


> James Bender, in his book, HOW TO TALK WELL
> (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1994)
> relates the story of a farmer who grew
> award-winning corn. Each year he entered his
> corn in the state fair where it won a blue
> ribbon.

> One year a newspaper reporter interviewed
> him and learned something interesting about
> how he grew it. The reporter discovered that
> the farmer shared his seed corn with his
> neighbors.

> "How can you afford to share your best
> seed corn with your neighbors when they are
> entering corn in competition with yours each
> year?" the reporter asked.

> "Why sir," said the farmer,
> "didn't you know? The wind picks up
> pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it
> from field to field. If my neighbors grow
> inferior corn, cross-pollination will
> steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If
> I am to grow good corn, I must help my
> neighbors grow good corn."

> He is very much aware of the connectedness
> of life. His corn cannot improve unless his
> neighbor's corn also improves.

> So it is with our lives. Those who choose to
> live in peace must help their neighbors to
> live in peace. Those who choose to live well
> must help others to live well, for the value
> of a life is measured by the lives it
> touches. And those who choose to be happy
> must help others to find happiness, for the
> welfare of each is bound up with the welfare
> of all.

> The lesson for each of us is this: if we are
> to grow good corn, we must help our
> neighbors grow good corn.
> --------------------
> From the book, RICHES OF THE HEART, by Steve
> Goodier.