Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Updating Coase: Hail Cannons vs. Sweetmakers

If Ron Coase was writing on his discoveries today, the technology would have to be updated to fit the times:

After a series of hailstorms devastated the orchard's apple crop in 2007, the owner resorted this summer to using a hail cannon, a noisemaking machine whose sound waves supposedly disrupt the formation of hailstones.
"It sounds like artillery fire," said Gregory Connors, a 38-year-old software designer whose children have been woken up by the booms. "I'm up for everybody's right to farm. We support local farmers. But the technology and the way it's being utilized is not acceptable."

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