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May 22, 2008

The Amish– Behind Ahead Of Their Time

by Brad Warbiany

From the AP, sure to be an environmentalist’s wet dream:

High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained them and also modified the tractor rake so the mules could pull it.

T.R. Raymond says the mules are slower than a petroleum-powered tractor, but there are benefits.

“This fuel’s so high, you can’t afford it,” he said. “We can feed these mules cheaper than we can buy fuel. That’s the truth.”

And Danny Raymond says he just likes using the mules around the farm.

“We’ve been using them quite a bit,” he said.

Brother Robert Raymond added, “It’s the way of the future.”

Way of the future? Does this mean we should all switch from petroleum to alternative mules? Just make sure you understand the mule industry’s “planned obsolescence” strategy. You need to replace the mules every time they stop fogging a mirror.

I guess the Amish would be laughing their heads off over this… They’ve been using alternative mules for generations. But since they’re not typically connected to the internet (oh, the electricity they save!), I don’t think we need to worry about their reaction.

Hat Tip: Billy Beck

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  • http://dangerouslyidealistic.blogspot.com/ UCrawford

    This story makes me sad beyond words.

  • http://poppychop.net/ Nitroadict

    Technically, they are just choosing a different option in the market, which had the incentive of not costing as much as fuel.

    I’m sure they’ll realize the mules aren’t as efficient as other means, eventually though. It’s a shame something like solar power isn’t developed enough to prevent some from using mules.

    It is a bit of a facepalm, however :\

  • http://www.orderhotlunch.com Jeff Molby

    I’m sure they’ll realize the mules aren’t as efficient as other means, eventually though.

    That may not be the case. If the supply of petroleum is truly limited and we can’t figure out a way to match its incredible energy characteristics, we need its price to skyrocket specificaly to discourage from expending it where effective alternatives exist.

    From a purely utilitarian perspective, it makes absolutely no difference when those alternatives were discovered/invented. The future may very well look a lot like the past. Hopefully that’s not the case, but it’s a distinct possibility.

  • Nick M.

    Amish don’t have the internet? Since when? The Amish are just as big of hypocrites as anyone.

    Battery powered tools don’t count as electrical.

    Can own farm implements, just can’t use them, so hire some English to do it for you.

    Own the van, ride in the van, just don’t drive the van. Hire someone to drive you and your friends/family to the local Aldi’s to stock up on cheap canned goods.

    Internet/telephone? We ain’t got no stinkin’ internet (not in the house at least, but if you take a short stroll out into the middle of the west field, where that “outhouse” is, you might find the exit ramp for the information superhighway.)

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