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Posted by: Trevor
May 29, 2012
During the past century we've witnessed the disintegration of local, small-scale food production. It has shifted to a highly industrialized model, dominated by massive agribusinesses which work hand-in-glove with the state.
Farming is no longer part of most local economies --- rather it is concentrated in regionally specific areas, and takes place on an enormous scale that was once impossible.
The driving force behind all this is cheap food.
And, while food prices have dramatically fallen as a percentage of household expenditures, it has been at great cost to future generations.
The modern industrial farming model is all about strip-mining the soil, massive quantities of chemicals, transgenically altered seeds, contaminated ground water, large-scale animal confinement facilities, government subsidies, and state-sanctioned oligopolies. Can anyone say these things are good? If all this is necessary to produce cheap food, then who wants cheap food.
What's missing in modern agriculture is family farms. Thriving animals. Nutrient-dense food. Healthy soil. Clean water. Basic trust.
Local, small-scale food production needs to come back, and I believe it will. But it won't happen until more consumers decide it's important to them.
Costco food might seem cheap, but there are hidden costs
Right now, as I write this, it's Saturday morning. The parking lots at Costco and Walmart will soon be full of people, loading up on cheap meat, cheap eggs, and cheap everything. The inexpensive food they're buying comes straight from the industrial mega-"farms" --- and is being heavily subsidized by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
It's the future generations who will inherit the damaged DNA, the toxic water, and the barren soil. They will be the ones who have to shoulder the burden of their improvident forebears. And that's a problem. But what's the answer?
I don't believe the answer is for big government to come up with new laws and regulations to "fix" the problem. Rather, the fix is simpler than that. Food is something that each one of us needs every day. Therefore even small changes in what we buy and eat can result in a real impact.
When you buy your food directly from local farmers who you know and trust as good stewards of the land, you will be diverting money away from the status-quo industrialized food system that is causing the damage. You will be rewarding and encouraging local farmers to produce food in a way that rebuilds families and communities. And you will be investing capital which will reap dividends for the precious generations yet to come.
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