SEGMENT: FARM EQUIPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, & AGRO-CHEMICALS
Bill Clausen>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 6
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Changing trends, describes tractors, combines, plows. What they had and didn't have in the past compared to today. Efficiency of today's equipment compared to the 1940s. WWII brought on a lot of these advancements. Profits allowed for some of the change. Details new tractors, makes comparisons. His newest tractor was 10 years old in 1986 when the interview was conducted, he guessed he was considered a bit old-fashioned. Knows what he needs, works within that. Tells more about his current equipment and their purposes, his combine. Takes good care of his equipment, gets maximum life out of it. Guesses at how much longer he'd like to farm.
- Speaks about conservation in terms of energy & agro-chemicals. The latter have allowed these large farms exist. Comments that chemical use in city gardens and industrial pollution pose greater harm to environment. Talks broadly about ecology, human greed & government programs that enable or encourage the abuse.
- Discusses the dilemma of pesticides and abundance, versus no pesticides and a decreased ability to provide food to meet world demand. Clausen studies these issues, details some relevant chemical processes.
- Calls for people to consider others outside of their own sphere. More cooperation among groups of people.