Sander Diamond makes the assertion farmers in upstate New York can experience a revival without natural gas development in a recent letter to the editor. Steuben County organic dairy farmer, Neil Vitale, takes a look at his misconcieved notions of farming in the state.

Sander Diamond, in “Food Production, Not Fracking (Nov., 2012),” offers a litany of unsupported assertions in arguing New York should pass on natural gas. While what he says on paper is a beautiful idea–farmers pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and revitalizing the New York farming industry–the reality of this concept is far from a possibility given New York’s current economic state. Unfortunately, farming is not an endeavor for those short on savings. It takes money to make a farm run smoothly, and the ability to make it through falling prices for your products with rising costs of feed, equipment, and taxes.

Sander Diamond makes the assertion farmers in upstate New York can experience a revival without natural gas development in a recent letter to the editor. Steuben County organic dairy farmer, Neil Vitale, takes a look at his misconcieved notions of farming in the state.

Sander Diamond, in ?Food Production, Not Fracking (Nov., 2012),? offers a litany of unsupported assertions in arguing New York should pass on natural gas. While what he says on paper is a beautiful idea?farmers pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and revitalizing the New York farming industry?the reality of this concept is far from a possibility given New York?s current economic state. Unfortunately, farming is not an endeavor for those short on savings. It takes money to make a farm run smoothly, and the ability to make it through falling prices for your products with rising costs of feed, equipment, and taxes.

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