Today Monica Hadley talks with the Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Francis Thicke. They will discuss his book and campaign.
The message in “A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture”, is clear: plan for the end of inexpensive oil in agriculture. It is an engaging and fast read, grounded in Thicke’s experiences as an organic dairy farmer in Fairfield, Iowa. One has to agree, Iowans are not doing enough to become aware of the end of cheap oil, much less to prepare for the inevitability of it and its impact.
During the last hundred years, Iowa agriculture has been altered into an industrial behemoth when the rest of industrial society was converting to information based economy. In an information age, agriculture has been slow to accept new technologies, especially those related to energy production on the farm. Despite the emergence of new information about organic farming, renewable energy and sustainability.