Oxfam America is a supporter of small family farm based business, according to Laura Rusu the US government spends up to 16 billion dollars a year on farm payments. Most of those funds from the US government go towards large commercial farms. Oxfam America is supporting the act called the Rural America Preservation Act, which will help smaller based farms with funding. Since there are so many loopholes in the current government system that are only helping the larger commercial based farms, this Act will help prevent these loopholes and help the smaller farms with more funding. There are many misleading ideas about the small scale farms, some of which are that small scale farms cannot support a family, that they need to grow into large scale farms to make money, and that small scale farming is usually just a hobby or for extra income.
Monsanto is one of the biggest companies behind genetic food engineering and for years have been able to sell their crops to farmers of all kinds around the world. Today they have over twenty products, which can be bought from their website anywhere from Roundup Ready to genetically modified corn and soybeans. They claim to “help farmers grow a sustainable crop so they can be successful, produce healthier foods, increase the fiber in animal feeds, while also reducing agriculture's impact on our environment”. Their home page is brightly colored, depicts happy farmers and promises to end world hunger. It tells the government and public what they want to hear not what they need to hear.
Family farms would thrive because there is little competition. The world as a whole would suffer because the small farms in the United States could no longer supply the world, let alone its own citizens, with food. The farming industry as a whole is failing and that is why we see family farms disappearing from the landscape of America. America has lost 300,000 farmers since 1979 (Wilkinson). Dr. Hudson, a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois, stated in the Chicago Tribune, "As an overall industry, farming presents little chance for growth."
Conventional farmers and the modern food industry argue that planting the same crop year after year is convenient and profitable because it cuts down on the different types of farm equipment necessary in production, and initially, in the types of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers needed. However, in this unnatural environment, tremendous amounts of pest... ... middle of paper ... ...d to Know About Organic Foods.” Online. Internet. 20 Nov. 2013. Available: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php Goodall, Jane, Gary McAvoy, and Gail Hudson.
Organic Fertilizers release their mine... ... middle of paper ... ...e money they can make as well as get enough money for their family to survive on. Farmers have to produce enough yields to bring in money so they can educate their children and provide all the needs for their families. Farmers produce different goods and supermarkets chose the cheaper option as if their prices are too high the community will not pay for these goods. Interests of the community: The community is people who buy what farmers produce. Farmers are forced to grow crops at a fast rate as they supply supermarkets every 2 or 3 weeks with fresh goods.
By still providing them in moderation and gradually decreasing them, farmers will be given the chance to find other means of income. Farm subsidies provided by the government are very important to the success of many modern day farmers both big and small. Without these subsidies a multitude of farms would quickly fall out of business. While the fall of many farms would be unfortunate, it is crucial that subsidies be slowly decreased, if not completely removed. It is extremely unfair that farmers are given subsidies while other businesses are forced to figure things out on their own.
Local farms could no compete with the big-scale farmers outside of the city, who at this time began to seed the future for monoculture food where a plot of land is used primarily for growing one particular crop. With a declining number of people actually working the land, our internal biorhythm clock has been altered and re-adapted to the market economy. Instead of a crop being harvested a certain time of the year, people focused on the time in which the meat man or egg man was going to be in town. With refrigeration also came an increased knowledge in the field of food nutrition. People were becoming more conscious with what they put into their body and the farmers were there to supply.
Berry does prove his thesis by showing that modernization has a hand in the destruction in the farming culture. He stated that as the society’s technology improves their way of life we seem to forget the significance of the common knowledge about the land. Also he looks down of the competition within the culture who are competing with one another. He despises the fact that some small farmer cannot compete with the bigger farms because small farms lack money, resources and manpower to keep up. All of this replaces the distraction of the farming culture today.
They are a burden to young aspiring farmers that they are supposed to aid. Farming receives a large share of money in form of government subsidies in countries such as USA (Becker A14). Farm subsidies are only helpful to initial beneficiaries of the government program. Over time, these benefits are built on assets prices such as farming land leaving other individuals to pay higher prices to enter into this “privileged industries”. Initial benefits that come alongside subsidies are lost over time as prices of acquiring or leasing land increases.
They strive to produce the most nutritious foods, preserving the community, and keeping the environment in the most supreme pleasure. Family farming teaches the principals of responsibility, the values of being hard-working, dedicated, and leadership. Also, family farmers have developed many community, state, and nationwide organizations that promote agriculture and the importance of farming, such as FFA. With the decrease of family farming, farming will become “just another” industry rather than a well-respected, community connecting, passed down family business. Family farming is much more than producing for the nation, but an important part of American history and American culture that we, as Americans and agricultural enthusiasts, should strive to