A Few Thoughts on GMO Crops

The world of agriculture, and the food that all people eat, has been forever changed with development of Genetically Modified crops. Many Christians have pondered whether or not GMO crops are a legitimate form of exercising dominion. I would like to examine a couple of areas that Christians should consider.

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof. Psalm 24:1

The whole earth, every atom of creation, belongs to the Lord. He created it, He owns it. Fallen man always attempts to make himself god and claim sovereignty for himself. We see this everywhere in today’s culture and very specifically in mans attempt to patent life and claim total ownership of it and all its offspring. Should man be able to patent life? This question is very much at the core of the GMO dilemma.

The Law of Divers Kinds, Lev 19:19

Most of the work in GMOs is in direct violation of the Laws and principles of concerning the mixing of species. It is commonplace for scientist to mix the genes of plants, animals and bacteria. In one extreme case they placed human genes in rice plants, not only violating Lev 19 but also make people into unwilling cannibals. There are many differing opinions as to what Lev 19:19 means for us today, even among theonomists. Some argue there is no modern application. Some would argue that principle of this verse probably pertains to preserving genetic diversity, and if this is its purpose, GMOs still violate the statute.

Containment and liability

The courts in our country and around the world have broke with biblical law and centuries of legal precedent. The Bible places responsibility on the owner of agricultural lifeforms to contain them. Examples are found in Exodus chapters 21 and 22. You are required to keep your cattle, for instance, in there own pasture and out of your neighbor’s crops. It is not his job to keep your cattle out of his crops! Since pollen from GMO crops (carrying patented genes) can blow into your crops, it should be the responsibility of the owner to keep the pollen to himself. He should be liable for contamination. The opposite is true in our courts. The man who’s crops are contaminated by GMOs is sued for patent infringement and bankrupted in the process. Man in his attempt to be god and control the world is making great progress in controlling food, and through food, all of mankind.

These are just a few areas within the larger GMO debate that need thinking through in light of scripture. Thoughts and comments welcome…


Back to blogging…

Well, I don’t why, but I just didn’t have any interest in blogging last year. A new farm, a new baby, and plenty of work in the barn might have had something to do with it. But really, I just didn’t have anything to say. But now I have some things to say! I’ve been thinking and rethinking about a lot of things lately. I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of Rushdoony these days, and that always gets me thinking. I’ve got a book review I need to get finished up for a survival gardening book that a publisher sent me. I think you’ll find it interesting. Hopefully we can resume the conversations we used have on the web about agrarianism and christian reconstruction.

Here is some great news for folks! Date Dabitur is back online. A lot of valuable writing there. I know a lot of people that were sad when it all disappeared, me included.

The farm is doing very well, but the work load has also grown. We work from 4:30 am to after 7 pm every day. Some nights we don’t eat supper until 8pm. God has blessed us with a good herd that has multiplied greatly. The barns are full and that means more work in the winter months.

My wife has started a yarn and knitting supply business. Be sure to stop in and check it out at This Link River’s Edge Country Store is named partly because we now live in the St Lawrence River valley and partly because of the promise of Psalm 1.

Stay tuned…..

A Nation of Slaves and Infidels

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. ~1 Timothy 5:8

Among the various groups of conservative Christians, this verse is still taken somewhat seriously. The main problem that our people face is that this verse is always viewed through the lens of the modern culture. No one ever expects you to actually and literally “take care of your family’s needs.” You are expected to trade your labor for money so you can trade money for all the things you need that you can’t provide for your family because you are always at work. In fact if you busy yourself providing for your family with your own hands from the land many “christians” will question whether you are “providing for your family” because of your lack of cash! Cash you don’t need to buy things that you grew yourselves! Christian men need to start asking themselves what would happen if the whole pagan economic system collapsed. Could you feed your family? Could you keep your house? Do you have any of the skills every human throughout history (until now) had for providing for his own, or would you be “worse than an unbeliever”. Lets take this even further and consider this quote by Berry.

A person dependent on somebody else for everything from potatoes to opinions may declare that he is a free man, and his government may issue a certificate granting him his freedom, but he will not be free. He is that variety of specialist known as a consumer, which means that he is the abject dependent of producers. How can he be free if he can do nothing for himself? What is the First Amendment to him whose mouth is stuck to the tit of the “affluent society”? Men are free precisely to the extent that they are equal to their own needs. The most able are the most free.

–Wendell Berry, “Discipline and Hope” in A Continuous Harmony (1972), pp. 124

How dose the church expect to ever change the culture or fight the pagan economic establishment when they are Total Slaves to the corporate-banking elite. Did Paul not warn us about becoming slaves to men after Christ bought us and made us His slaves! Why don’t we hear these things on Sunday morning. Could it be the institutional church is as dependent on this wicked system as its members. This why the establishment is not at all worried about the Tea Party Crowd or Birchers or any other anti NWO group. Go ahead and spend time and money fighting for the second amendment of the first or the tenth. They know you can’t feed yourselves, they know how to end your revolt before it gets off the ground. Food for thought, ain’t it. Articles like this are in the news every other day now and its only a matter of time before they have total control. Forget gold and silver, invest in food production while you still can. Or you could go sip some fluoride water and eat some GMO corn chips on the way to the neocon endorsed protest.

Hannah Sophia Terry

Hannah was born at home on July 14th. She was 9 lbs 14 oz and 22 inches long. This picture was on the occasion of her first Lord’s Day. Leah is doing well and so is the baby.

We’ve been very busy making baleage and are finally finished up with it now. We’ve got over 800 bales wrapped with an inline wrapper. Hope to get back to blogging as things settle down around here. If you want faster updaters on whats going on around the farm, use my facebook page. Its quicker for posting one liners and the blog seems more suited for thought out essays and such. Hope all my online friends are doing well…

John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere

Recently heard this song and thought it was great. Its refreshing to hear real country music again!

Grass is green, things are good

I know that its been a while since I’ve posted anything here. We are doing well and have been fairly busy on the farm. Cows are out on grass and so are the dry cows and most of the heifers. It was May 1st when we turned out this year, grass was slow to start. Cows have been outside for a month or so eating hay and baleage but now that they are eating grass production has jumped and we are almost filling the bulk tank to the top.

The past week or so we have been busy building new fence and fixing existing fence. We still have a lot of work to do. Today we worked on a 35 acre dry cow pasture back in the woods. The milk cows are back in a new pasture we’ve been working on. Lots of clover, treefoil, vetch, broome grass and orchard grass; a true smorgasbord. I love this time of year! The boys have been helping with fence work and as always we see a lot of wildlife while on the job.

Still haven’t planted anything in the garden. It is plowed and disced though, and as soon as its dry enough to get back on it we will get started. It don’t pay to get started to durn early in northern NY anyway. Snowed a week ago and it might snow on the Lord’s Day again.

We’ve got fresh pork in the freezer and a few steers growing. We have 175 chicks coming in a few weeks and picked up 50 today. The cornish cross chick we got today were a real bargain and we might be able to get another 50 or so for the crazy price of 25 cents a piece. The folks at the farm down the road knew a guy that knew a guy that worked at a big hatchery that wanted to get rid of the extra chicks from a hatching. They usually just kill the little things when they have to many in a batch, so I’m glad we got some.

The boys are all growing up and learning the business. It is such a blessing to be able to work with my sons everyday. Little Esther is getting bigger too, and I love having a little girl around. Our newest addition should be here in early July and I’m exited to meet this little Terry.

Promise to blog more regular…

Rural Reconstruction, Agriculture and the Tithe

A Tithe Barn in England

At one time in on this continent, the rural landscape looked much different than it does today. When the first Americans settled here they brought with them a biblical worldview, reinforced with an optimistic eschatology and love for for God’s Law. According to Rushdoony, gleaning remained a regular practice in the farming areas into the 19th century. In colonial America, as in Europe at the time, the tithe barn was a prominent landmark in rural villages. Today the rural landscape is marked by antinomian churches with a defeatist eschatology surrounded by a welfare class (including farmers) who rely on the state for their existence. This is just unacceptable and one of the many areas that are in need of christian reconstruction. Can you imagine what an impact we could make in a rural area where faithful farmers tithed agricultural produce? As the currency collapses and people no longer have money for the taxes that fund the modern welfare programs, the Church has a huge opportunity to take back this sphere by exercising the authority it should never have relinquished to start with. Can you imagine grain bins full of wheat behind Midwestern churches or root cellars full of potatoes and cabbage behind New England churches?