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Message 1824622 - Posted: 16 Oct 2016, 5:34:35 UTC - in response to Message 1824574.  

Farms these days are not agricultural, they are food factories, concentrating on one product.


I guess WK's point is that most food today is produced in a monoculture landscape.
Farmers today have to do this in order to survive in the business.
Which means that many farming products are now industrial products.
Which means that the quality of the food becomes lower.
Which means that "real" farmers cannot compete with "industrial" farmers that dictates the price of food.
I guess "real" farmers food would be far less expensive than it is today if it was not for the "industrial" farmers.

'Real Farmers'?

Pre Industrial Age, Pre-Massive International food distribution, 7 Billion people to feed, farmers?

@ everyone, expanding Clyde's remarks:

LOL... That would mean, of course, close to 7 billion subsistence-level farmers... In other words, almost everyone would be farming, without much if any modern technology... Except, of course, the rulers...

Big Agribusiness is the reason today that places like the USA can get away with only 1 or 2% of the people involved in farming, leaving the other 98 or 99% free to specialize their labor in other areas.

Granted, modern farming leaves a LOT to be desired.

Pesticides and herbicides = BAD.

Lack of genetic diversity in individual crops = BAD.

Lack of crop rotation forcing heavy use of fertilizer = BAD.

Conditions in 'factory farms/ranches' vastly increasing likelihood of widespread food-borne illness/death = BAD.

GMO crops = high likelihood of being BAD.

Don't like it?

Then get used to looking at the hind end of a horse/mule when you are plowing.

Get used to bad back troubles for many of you when you are harvesting.

Get used to sore muscles and a lack of sleep for much of the year.

Friendly suggestion: get some tutoring in farming without modern technology from either a local Amish community or perhaps some friends in the migrant farm worker community. You will NEED it, unless, of course, you grew up doing it like some of us. Even then, a refresher course in it would likely be helpful.

Oh, and you better not wait too long to get your mule and your land. Not all land under cultivation today can be farmed WITHOUT using high-tech farming methods.

You will also want to get some good seedstock of heirloom varieties of vegetables.

Don't wanna do all this (and more)? Then qwitcherbitchin...


Don't blame me, I voted for Johnson(L) in 2016.

Truth is dangerous... especially when it challenges those in power.
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Message 1824668 - Posted: 16 Oct 2016, 14:37:48 UTC - in response to Message 1824622.  

Don't wanna do all this (and more)? Then qwitcherbitchin...

You mean they can't wave their hands and say make it so?
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