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Baxter Black

Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, author, vaquero philosophizer, left-handed roper and former large animal veterinarian.

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Why do the names “The Conservation Fund” and “Natural Resource Defense Council” send a chill down my spine?

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• I like chicken. I only wish it tasted more like chicken.
• Hungry people don’t protest genetically modified foods.
• What is the difference between the people who worked for F.E.M.A. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina vs. the reporters, politicians and movie stars who jostled each other for sound bites?

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I was having a nice visit with the proprietor of Family Meats in his butcher shop in Caloundra, Queensland. His specialties included chopped beef and kidney pie makings, BBQ ronelli and lamb loin chops for A$16.99 a kilo. A sign at the counter said, “Antibiotic and Hormone Free!”

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This last winter and spring drought stalked its way down through the sandhills of Nebraska, across Kansas and Oklahoma, stopped long enough to torch the Texas panhandle, scorched New Mexico, then drove a stake in the heart of Arizona’s rangeland.

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