More summary stuff from the last week: Stood in solidarity with a group protesting and praying in front of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota. While there, I also interviewed Allie Keller, 19, who is actively involved with the local chapter of “Collegians for Life”… We headed west to Valley City, North Dakota where they were having a 1960s high school reunion weekend. According to the town newspaper, one of the main weekend events include: “Recognizing each other (It’s been so long!)… In Jamestown, North Dakota, I interviewed agronomist Bob Hoffbeck. He said because of corporate agri-business efficiency on the big farms across the country, America pays the least for food of any Developed nation (8% of the average Americans weekly take home pay). I told a reporter for the Jamestown Sun newspaper that this is a “double-edged sword.” That is, the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbacides used in this ultra-efficient process are leeching into the groundwater, then polluting major waterways everywhere. In addition, the chemicals that are accumulating in the plants are causing chemical time-bombs in our systems that are showing up as cancer, and so on. (Not to mention, I said, agri-business is pushing the small family farmer off the land.) I said to the reporter that common sense would say: The short term benefits of cheaper prices at the market are killing the eco-system — and us.