Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Batshit Insane Tobacco Farmers


Oh boo hoo hoo!

When I was a teen I actually did tobacco priming during two horrendous, life-sucking summers. While it was lucrative as hell for those in it back then - tobacco farmers were the richest of the bunch - the writing was already on the wall that it was an industry with a bad case of cancer, and both farms I worked on had exit strategies already in place, starting to cycle in soybean crops and the like.

Now these johnny-come-lately assholes want to be bought out because the world changes?

Give me a break. Break me off a piece of that kit kat bar!
Permalink DF 
March 9th, 2007 4:32pm
I'm in North Carolina, and my father's family used to own a tobacco warehouse in Virginia, and even *I* think these guys are just upset that the gravy train has pulled into the last station on the line.

Apply ClueBrick to head vigorously until symptoms are resolved.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 9th, 2007 4:38pm
I wonder why the farmers couldnt lobby the government to legalize weed and start growing marijuana fields.

Tobacco is a dead duck, you are automatically asking for a death wish if you are a regular.  So, the tobacco industry is basically looking for suicide hopefuls.  (note; I dont consider a regular smoker those that smoke 2-3 cigs a day or at social events; but the 1-3 pack a day person is just asking for it)
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 9th, 2007 4:42pm
I gurantee if the Virginia and NC, SC farmers just wander over here to Atlanta and hang out with some Rastafarians for a couple of days they may get the idea that this weed stuff isnt so bad, morally.  Time to make some money.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 9th, 2007 4:44pm
The article given is dealing with English tobacco farmers? Do they grow tobacco there? Seems not the right climate. Or is that some british island colony?

Anyway, in the US there was already a buy out. Checks are cashed, people have moved on. Family Tobacco farms are done with, it's all done by giant corporate farms owned by the tobacco companies now.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 9th, 2007 5:08pm
English? English speaking maybe. :-)

Seriously, though, it's London, Ontario. St. Thomas, mentioned in the article, was my hometown. The area near Lake Erie is very sandy and offers the perfect tobacco growing opportunities.
Permalink DF 
March 9th, 2007 5:25pm
"the writing was already on the wall that it was an industry with a bad case of cancer"

...so to speak.

Besides just weed, how about hemp? Don't they have THC-free hemp now? Hemp rope, clothes, paper, etc...
Permalink Philo 
March 9th, 2007 6:19pm
Duuude. You can totally make rope with it. And... rope.
March 10th, 2007 1:50am

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