Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Feeding the World

For those of you that grow your own produce, buy local or just realize that small is beautiful even in the agricultural sector, this link sent to me by SimplyTim is for you.
Reading this article from makes you realize that we (American small farmers) are not the only ones slowly being put to death by big business---small farmers around the world suffer with us.

Keeping on this theme: we continually have local people ask us to do a CSA (community supported agriculture) or raise a cow or two for cow share programs. We would love to do this....however some problems (especially with the cow share which would be more to our liking than the CSA) are VERY problematic and scare us off.

So I wonder.....why is it that more people don't write their local representatives and tell them to make laws (or repeal some of them) that would help small farmers? Why don't they write their not so local reps? Like Senators and Congress people? If as many people that approach us would do it regularly, all across the country, there would be reform. Of this I am sure.

And a few quotes:

"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." Roger Nash Baldwin

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Dembitz Brandeis


Cheryl said...

Hey Monica,
Just popping over to see how you guys are doing.
I agree that small farms should be getting more support from our local/national governments. I guess I better get writing!

Stuart and Gabrielle said...

In England too I am told small holders (homesteaders) feel they are drowning in a sea of paperwork. In France it's not so bad for us as there is more of a cultural awareness and acceptance of small farmers.

And a few more quotes Monica

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank_

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. ~Martin Luther King, Jr._