We traveled further west to Norwalk, Ohio, where we were asked to participate in a Farmer’s Market that’s coordinated by Chrissy Houtz. Houtz is a Vegan vegetarian who opposes the cruelty of factory farming. We also discussed, among other things, the phenomenal amount of grain used to fatten animals in this country — that could be going to feed the hungry of the world. Given that 24,000 people starve to death in the world every day, this is one of the biggest social justice travesties of our time… At the Farmer’s Market, I interviewed John Dickerson who has a land conservation service. A tremendously knowledgeable guy. He said that traditional farming methods (using pesticides, herbacides, etc.) are rapidly destroying the soil. But the ties between agri-business (that promotes this) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are so strong that changing this seems near impossible, he said. ‘Changing this,’ by the way, would mean going to a much more sustainable, organic small farm base in this country. Something our agricultural position paper wholeheartedly embraces.