From agroterrorism to water wars to Prop 37 to cottonmouths and farm murders — here are the Top 10 most read blogs/columns on westernfarmpress.com for 2012 in descending order.
10. Farmers, lock up your daughters — Chris Bennett
In the latest sign that the apocalypse is upon us, “weed dating” is all the rage. In the thick of an eggplant patch or a fertile field of taters, the heart might be stirred; or at least the loins.
9. $500 salmon versus $10 trout — Harry Cline
Mountain trout restocking makes Shaver Lake a top destination for trophy trout. Comparing river salmon restoration to trout crafts a fishy story.
8. Death of the white African farmer — Chris Bennett
The white African died almost a year ago at age 78. Mike Campbell, a white farmer from Zimbabwe, was a man of conviction and vision — and he paid for it with his life.
7. Uphill fight waged to turn back Prop 37 — Harry Cline
Why in the name of common sense would a majority of California voters want to approve it? Because radicals have fomented anti-GMO sentiment that defies reason and science.
6. Cottonmouths, armadillos and leprosy — pick your poison — Chris Bennett
I was at one with nature, holding up a 15-pound armadillo — and I was shaking with tsunami ferocity. Absurd scene: me holding a live armadillo by the tail, while standing in my underwear and convulsing like I’d been tagged with a Taser gun.
5. Farm murders met with media silence — Chris Bennett
The circumstance and manner of death are numbing: farmers hacked and mutilated by machetes, dragged to death behind vehicles, stabbed with farm tools, shot execution style, and more — much more.
4. Prop 37 judgment day upon us — Harry Cline
Agriculture and the companies who are developing GMO crops have a huge hole to escape from. The anti-GMO crowd long ago commandeered newspapers and television, creating a totally unwarranted hysteria.
California voters decisively rejected the mislabeled Proposition 37 “right to know” food labeling initiative by a huge margin — and it was an amazing come-from-behind victory.
2. Brash SJV congressman shifts California water wars — Harry Cline
A brash, young Central California congressman, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, is proving to be just as adept navigating the halls of Congress as he is at ruffling stoic partisan political feathers.
A terrorist attack on 14 cattle trucks and trailers near Coalinga, Calif., drew quick and unequivocal condemnation. However, there was not a peep from so-called “environmental/consumer watchdog” groups.