Readers respond to red meat, Man. farmland stories

By Robin Booker

Two stories generated discussion this week on producer.com and The Western Producer’s social media channels: Barb Glen’s story about the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declaring some processed meat carcinogenic and red meat probably carcinogenic, and Robert Arnason’s story examining why Manitoba’s land prices are rising.

Harvey Drake doesn’t think highly of the WHO’s decision to classify some meat as carcinogenetic, judging by this comment.

“The World Health Organization would be better called the World Horse crap Organization. The death rate in humans is 100 percent; we are all going to die of something. The best we can hope for is to enjoy the life we are given. For me, that means eating bacon, steak and any other meat I can, drinking coffee and working in the sunshine. A wise man once said, ‘who by worrying can add a single minute to your life?’ ”

On The Western Producer’s Facebook page, Shaun Lorrie Thomson described how her trust has been undermined.

“I have virtually zero faith in the WHO and absolutely no faith in media outlets after our election. Eat well, work hard and don’t be afraid to live. The fear mongering media and scientists need to make a living, too. Never take them too seriously.”

The Manitoba farmland price story talked to Gordon Daman, president of Red River Group in Niverville, Man., who said a key driver of rising farmland prices is producers who covet land that’s close to their existing farm. Outside investors, such as pension plans, have little effect.

A respondent on Producer.com who identified himself as Neil agreed with Daman’s assertions on the reasons of rising farmland prices.

“I definitely agree that it is local farmers that are driving the land prices in our area due to some pretty good years in the last eight years. That and low interest rates are sure helping farmers bid more for land.”

Arnason’s story also spurred an interesting exchange on Twitter.

Rob Somerville @RobSomerville1

@westernproducer got it wrong here. Darn sure CPP raises land prices.… Farmers competing with Govt funds for land

Bertrand Montel @ceressys

@RobSomerville1 I would agree with @westernproducer. Most of the increase in farmland price comes from marginal purchases by farmers

Bertrand Montel @ceressys

@RobSomerville1 @westernproducer Yet institutional invest may play indirect role by setting expectations of higher prices

Bertrand Montel @ceressys

@RobSomerville1 @westernproducer I foresee in less than a decade pension funds will be preferred financial partners of Prairies’ farmers

Rob Somerville @RobSomerville1

@ceressys @westernproducer Farmers just trying to survive/they need land to do that. Whenever new $$ comes into a market prices are driven (up)

robin.booker@producer.com

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