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"Sometimes it seems that while some folks are busy picking the ecological 'cause of the day' and aligning themselves with their chosen rhetoric, it is the independant farmer and fisherman who are among those who actually put conservation into practice."

"I think independant full time fishermen and farmers are cut from the same cloth. Both are at the mercy of nature, which ultimately dictates their success or failure from year to year.

They must, therefore, accept a certain amount of risk from potentially devastating factors that are beyond their control. To me this takes a certain kind of courage.

Both work long hours almost everyday, in all kinds of weather, at hazardous jobs (accidents involving farm machinery are frequent, almost always cause severe mutilation, and often are fatal). Moreover, the responsible ones always seem to have in the back of their mind the notion of giving something back after the harvest....a sense of conservation to help ensure that the cycle continues.

I think this is based on more than just trying to ensure a good harvest in the following year but also, and more importantly, it is based on a respect for the land (or sea) and that which is taken from it.

Sometimes it seems that while some folks are busy picking the ecological 'cause of the day' and aligning themselves with their chosen rhetoric, it is the independant farmer and fisherman who are among those who actually put conservation into practice.

In the wee hours of the morning while we sleep, they are quietly, without media coverage, and sometimes without funding (or legislation telling them to do it), either planning or perpetrating acts of conservation".



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Highway7 E-zine, a publication of Hatch Media, is an electronic journal with a focus on commercial, historical, cultural and ecological issues concerning the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia in Canada. Topics include a growing resource of currently more than 300 articles. More articles and image galleries are added frequently as new material is brought to our attention. With Highway7.com, our primary aim is to serve, inform and reflect the rural communities on the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, as well as to acquaint new residents, visitors, tourists, and investors with the special beauty and enormous potential of our region.
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