An informative and insightful article about farming in the upper midwest by a an organic farmer caught my attention. This was published a few days ago in the Washington Post. “Dairy Farming is Dying After 40 Years I’m Out”
Maybe you are wondering why a city person would care about this. I have been writing about slow food and locally sourced food for a long time, eight years plus. The chronicle of farm life in this article clearly explains the pressures that a small farmer faces.
Over time I began to consider our relationship to our local sources of foods. Such as, kids knowing where food comes from is important, but more importantly, adults knowing where their food comes from and the quality of the food is a game changer. People are starting to care about what they are eating. The consumer has changed what they eat to some extent. That is, consumers vote with their money demanding healthier and humanely sourced foods.
Think about this for a moment. What’s used to grow our food? How safe are the products that are used to feed plants and animals? Are animals humanely raised?
“After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows this summer. The herd had been in my family since 1904; I know all 45 cows by name. I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to take over our farm — who would? Dairy farming is little more than hard work and possible economic suicide.” Washington Post : Retrieved December 26, 2018
The story is about one Dairy farmer’s decision to sell his farm and the state of Organic Dairy Farming in the upper midwest; the loss of family farms due to prices and competition from large herds; economics conditions; volatile markets and the tragic loss of farmers. I was moved to share this article.
The Connection between food, the planet and people is linked to sustainable agriculture for a healthy planet and population. Everyone is aware of the enormous impacts of industrialized agriculture and food production that are changing the health of the planet and people. [From an early post for Kunstkitchen in 2010: What Is Slow Food, Anyway? ]
Truthfully, considering the crisis of the small farmers in America is on my mind, because I care about biodiversity, healthy foods and being aware that the chain of life includes the health and welfare of us all.
For anyone interested in reading a very concise and clear history of the small farmer’s view of farming, please click the link. Washington Post Article Dairy Farming is Dying after 40 Years I’m out.
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Have a peaceful New Year wherever you find yourself.