Notes from the Heartland

This is our third day away from the East Coast. Tonight we are in Cozad, Nebraska. It is a sorry little place just off the intestate. It is mostly run down with a couple of agriculture related industries, a major distributor of PVC pipe, and farms, mostly stinky, not of the essence of fresh manure (which is what I call ‘country incense’) but of industrial farming for mass markets within and outside this country. If there was ever a place that trapped the locals with lack of opportunity, this is it. Be All You Can Be has a lot of meaning in these parts when it comes to ads for the Army.


The people of the Midwest are an overweight bunch. Funny, in the center of at one time the nation’s most nutrient dense soils, people here eat fast food and junk food in droves. They are taxing the healthcare system oblivious to their own dietary suicides. Locally grow food? That’s what the beef cattle and pigs eat, with a little GMO thrown in to enhance $alivation.


The local borrow pit doubles as the public commons and nature center (it’s called a wildlife sanctuary) and it actually serves as one if you count the local rowdies at the east end. It did have boils at the surface indicating some big bass just too far for a good cast. Adjoining this land is the Platte River. Most water is siphoned off in huge amounts by farming interests who find it necessary to irrigate even in mid June. It is a fraction of its former self in terms of flow and volume. It would be charitable to call it over-appropriated. Wildlife is greatly diminished, but who cares as long as some of it appears at the east end of the town borrow pit.


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Happy to be here. Fly-fishing, wine-making, music and rivers conservation make my step lighter, my eyes brighter.
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One Response to Notes from the Heartland

  1. It is known as the heartland yet the food that it produces is GMO which MUST have chemical fertilizers and pesticides applied to it in order for it to grow. Is chemically treated GMO food good for the ‘heart’? Europe won’t buy this stuff. The farmers here are owned by Monsanto and Cargill. They plant nothing but corn and soy beans with a little hay thrown in for the animals. If I owned farm land here, I would plant it with buckwheat for 5 years and then plant edible grasses and grains WITHOUT man made chemicals and if any Monsanto GMO plant showed up in the field, I would take out my shotgun and blast it to kingdom come because it would be trespassing.

    Nebraska is a sad state. It is nothing but factory farms raising factory animals and factory food (nasty smell).

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