Feedback on op/ed/Essay Advocating Values not Economic-based Justification for Alternative Ag/Energy

I've posted an essay/op/ed piece trying to tease out why the word "Activist" is used as a pejorative and arguing for a values-based justification for sust ag, instead of trying to get naysayers to go along based on economic thresholds only.

Here in Iowa, PFI founding member Dick Thompson says it most succinctly in this time of rapidly consolidating farms and communities " Would you rather have your neighbor or your neighbor's farm?" I hope that soon, the answer may change from what it is today.

I'd like to expand/tighten this essay and am looking for feedback and possible publications to submit it to. The piece can be found at


Mark Runquist

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