Thanks for posting that HDRider. I for one think we need to bring awareness somehow to the plight of the American farmers and ranchers. We bought into that crap way of thinking and it’s put a lot of small producers out of business and bankrupted a lot that tried to make it work. Most consumers don’t realize how much the big corporate companies are making of of them while the farmers that actually do the work are getting pennies in the dollar. For a lot of consumers I agree that cost affects purchase decisions does for me too. I also believe that if folks really knew the story and where some of their food is coming from that a lot would also adjust their purchases based on that as well. Many would be appalled if they understood what was going on in regards to country of origin labeling. I have been involved with our local farmers market in the past and know that while most of those customers don’t have the big picture they certainly do support buying locally.HDRider wrote: ↑Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:55 pm“In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said this week during a trip to Wisconsin. If this message sounds eerily familiar, that’s because it is. In the 1970’s, President Nixon’s Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz infamously told farmers to “get big or get out."
As secretary, Butz prioritized increasing production and decreasing commodity prices over all else — including farmers’ livelihoods, the prosperity of rural communities, the health of consumers and environmental sustainability. He eliminated supply management policies that had previously stabilized food prices, encouraged farmers to “plant fence row to fence row” and relied on export markets to get rid of the inevitable surplus.
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The affects of lost agriculture has no doubt negatively affected communities and local societies as a whole. I believe it is paramount to try find markets and do what is necessary to maintain the remaining farmers and ranchers. To me it seems like a ridiculous concept for us to rely on imported food or to have our food supply largely owned by a few large corporations some of which are foreign owned.
That does not seem like a logical approach in terms of national interests or security.