Some significant points were raised during the Q&A that linked themes from last nights plenary with ideas from this session. How and why is the relationship between planters and the Silviculture industry different than fishers and scientific management of the Newfoundland fisheries, as discussed by Dean Bavington, and rural farmers and agriculture/animal sciences, as discussed by Melissa Kleind. I strongly agree with Janis Ledwell-Hunt that planters' motivations are more in line with the interests of the silviculture industry as a whole, that is, to make money with few concerns about the future of the trees planted and ecological impact of treeplanting (of which we are fully aware).
The most significant difference, however, between fishers, farmers and planters is in the relationship between worker/workplace and home. Hearing Melissa Kleindl speak about her father's farm and the relationship between home and industry is a marked difference from planters who often work thousands of kilometers away from home in temporary camps trying to squeeze as much money as possible out of a season and get home (get in, get out ethic).
As a semi-retired planter who now does all of my planting within 200 km of my adopted home in Cape Breton, my planting ethics have shifted somewhat from capitalist self-interest to concerns about local economic, environmentally and socially sustainable practices. Because when I go home at night, rather than to a dirty, muddy bush camp, cook my own meals and sleep in my own bed, these concerns are more important than "cream shows", highballing and slutting them in.
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