We need more farmers. Not industrial farmers, family farmers, or even subsistence, organic farmers (although we could do with more of the latter). We need more versions of Paul Farmer, the forty-six-year-old Harvard physician/anthropologist profiled by Tracy Kidder in his book Mountains beyond Mountains (see Commonweal, “The Good Doctor,” February 11). Farmer was recently named a “champion of the poor” by Time magazine (November 7) for his work with the indigent,...
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