FeaturesMichael MooreThese are excerpts from a talk Michael Moore gave to Occupy Traverse
City at the group's Dec. 22 general assembly meeting held in the
basement of Horizon Books on Front Street. The speech was transcribed
and abridged by Patrick Sullivan.
It is a struggle to make any money as an organic farmer in Northern Michigan, he says, as entrepreneurs in the industry face a bewildering patchwork of township and county regulation. Add in taxes and consumers who may talk up organic food, but who are unwilling to pay a premium for it, and organic farming begins to look like a recipe for bankruptcy.
Best of NM 2012
When Short’s Brewing Company produced those first 178 barrels of beer in 2004, they must have known they were on to something special. Since then, production at their Bellaire brewpub and now the Elk Rapids brewery has grown exponentially, along with the popularity of the brand.