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The Family Farm Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America

An entire way of life is rapidly dying right in front of our eyes. The family farm is being systematically wiped out of existence in America, and big agribusiness and the federal government both have blood all over their hands. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States has fallen from about 6.8 million in 1935 to only about 2 million today. That doesn't mean that there is less farming going on. U.S. farms are producing more than ever. But what it does mean is that farming is increasingly becoming dominated by the big boys. The rules of the game have been tilted in favor of big agribusiness so dramatically that most small farmers find that they simply cannot compete anymore. Back in 1900, about 39 percent of the U.S. population worked on farms. At this point, only about 2 percent of all Americans now live on farms. Big agribusiness, the food processing conglomerates, and big seed companies such as Monsanto completely dominate the industry. Unless something dramatic is done, the family farm is going to continue to be wiped out of existence. Unfortunately, it does not look like things are going to turn around any time soon.

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Was that Ford made in Mexico or Canada?

with parts from China?

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Chevy,Dodge and Harley here..

..but the point is Gov't sticking it's nose where it doesn't belong.
We wouldn't have to "settle" as you so admit if the free-market was allowed to function.
It just seems to be a "cop-out" to unilaterally blame the farmers.

BTW;Bravo to Ford on not taking any "Stimulus".

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

I know that you believe

that you are defending free markets, but there's a problem. Just like trade, there is no free market in agriculture.

Time to raise that other eyelid.

not only

does big Agra get big subsidies, they create all kinds of negative
externalities - such is depletion of water and soil, pollution , toxic
food (high fructose corn syrup, anyone?) etc. etc.

The prices you pay at the supermarket or burger joint are
artificially low as many of the true costs of producing the
"food" they sell are shuffled off to consumers, taxpayers
future generations, etc. and not borne by the producers
as they should be...

If corporate food wasn't subsidized it would not be cheap.

You are not supporting free markets

This isn't just about the 'Farm Family' although that is a current SYMPTOM of the problem. It is not the problem in and of itself, but it is important nonetheless.

The problem is, of course, that this over industrialized process (in the name of efficiency) has allowed itself to become unsustainable, not just in the energy inputs it requires to grow the mass amount of food, but it the energy use of the soil we use to grow all of this food. Not to mention the fact that the QUALITY, in the name of 'low price', has gone down substantially, as well the rise of food borne illnesses has gone up substantially.

You can have your mass subsidized agribusiness, just don't come running to those of us who know better when you can't feed yourself in 10 years.

I voted you back up

..evidently somebody (I wonder who?)didn't agree with you.
Probably someone who has forgotten what mass produced, and factory-farm efficiency has led to:
E-COLI
LISTERIA
Remember the Cantalope Catastrophe of recent news?
Farmers are "Stewards of the Land" and anyone who actually lives near a farm knows this:
NOTHING GETS WASTED......
Farmers never needed Big Govt to "instruct" and "mandate" their practice of recycling...THEY are the ORIGINAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

As I mentioned I grew up in Wisconsin. Maybe you've heard of it?

They call it the Dairy State?

I do recall early morning encounters with manure spreaders on every rural highway.

You said "Farmers are "Stewards of the Land" and anyone who actually lives near a farm knows this:"

So what I was smelling was "stewardship" huh? Sure smelled a lot like manure to me. (And for HOURS on end.)

Hours?..Try WEEKS! LOL!

I guess that's a part of rural living that did not agree with you.
Could it have imbedded a deep-seated resentment towards rural farmers?
You get used to that smell after a while..people still go to County fairs...and what do they smell? MANURE!
It's part of the "experience".
It certainly smells better than the "crap" that eminates from Washington.
Perhaps you relish the stench of pollution from the nearby factory that hires illegal immigrants in lieu of Americans needing jobs?

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

And nobody ever gets sick from things mishandled on family farms

Got it.

Right.

I haven't ..Have you?

And were these "Farms" you speak of truly "Family Farms"?
..or were they farms forced (by Govt Interference) into becoming Factory Farms?

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Wow,

Looks like yet another battle in the war on food!

Here in Iowa, the regulations are extremely harsh as well.

And if you haven't seen "The

And if you haven't seen "The World according to Monstanto" yet, oh boy..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uls507hvM

ofcourse it is.. this is pure

ofcourse it is.. this is pure fascism. When the multi national corporations brib... oopps I mean lobby their congress critter to make laws to hurt their competion it is fascism. This is happening in every sector of the economy.

Farming has been socialized

Farming has been socialized since at least Wickard v. Filburn, 1942. You can trace a direct line from there to Obamacare and the current government takeover of pretty much everything.

Better learn to grow a garden, to hunt and to fish. You may need those skills in the near future.

Bingo

I knew that I wouldn't have to read many responses before someone hit the nail on the head.

Our family stopped farming (except sustenance) in the '70s when the regulations dramatically increased and the value of a dollar dramatically decreased.

Grandad knew we were on that slippery slope.

Bump

Thank you for posting this article, glory. It is crucial that people understand what has been manipulated into happening with our food and water supply, and the effects of it on all of us.

You want the small farm to prosper in America Again?

START GROWING HEMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a MUST. FOOD FUEL FIBER and most important MEDICINE. The small farmer on a 40 acre plot could make a wonderful living by growing this GOD SEND. The medicinal strains of Cannabis (Sativa and Indica) could make you more $ per acre then any other plant that grows on earth! With just what I could plant and process in my own back yard would make my house payments/taxes..you name it. Hemp MUST be planted everywhere on this planet! For those of you that roll your eyes and say..Give me a break..you have not done any research into this subject..this plant is a GOD SEND. America needs this plant growing here NOW more so then any other plant seed we put into the ground. All this talk about "green energy" and the only real Green Energy that works better then anything else we waste our tax payer monies on is HEMP! You want a CLEAN (and I do mean C-L-E-A-N burning fuel?) Ethanol Methanol and Bio Diesel..ready to burn! TO HELL WITH THE WARS FOR AN OIL BARREL! We can GROW our own clean burning fuel and tell them Oil Lords to PACK SAND! THIS IS SOMETHING OUR 'small' FARMERS CAN DO! We MUST elect Dr. Paul to make this happen! There are tens of thousands of products that we can produce from this plant and we need our farmers to get this seed into the ground TODAY! The small family farm will be prosperous again in this country if we do this..if not Bye Bye. How sad is that?

Cannabis Hemp Oil CURES DISEASE

I agree

Hemp is a valuable commodity and could be a very valuable part of agriculture. My only reservation would be the fuel. Yes it is awesome in theory, but look how the gov't has completely made a mockery out of the corn ethanol and soy diesel industry. If left to the free market, it would be a God Send. Once the bureaucrats get ahold of it, they'll run it into the ground as well. Big Oil just doesn't want us to have another fuel source, and they are making themselves loud and clear.

You're RIGHT ON!

Seems the biggest opponate is medical marijuana. I was told that if I planted one hemp seed, I would face an army of guns to take me out, by medical marijuana growers.

While I'll be the first to agree about food

being an absolute necessity the control over water rights is also an important consideration. Big agribusiness is consolidating it's grip on the supply of food while under the radar there is currently a very quiet move going on to acquire the rights to some of the largest aquifers in the country by some of the wealthiest individuals in the nation. These guy's didn't get as rich as they are by being out of the loop.

If not us than who?

Do you remember S.787: Clean Water Restoration Act

Championed by Dodd and LIEbeman

—–Congress is considering in the Corps, EPA and Wetlands Land Grab Bill to expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, Corps of Engineers and EPA to include all “activities affecting these waters.” In other words, the bill is a double whammy: It expands the definition of waters and gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Corps of Engineers (Corps) and other Federal agencies control over activities that affect all waters — any land use activities.

—–An example is that the Corps, EPA and Wetlands Land Grab will give Federal bureaucracies control over all the watersheds in the United States. That includes dry land inside or adjacent to watersheds with water underground. That means everything. Because all land is in a watershed.
http://ppjg.me/2009/11/04/clean-water-restoration-actanother...

Yes, I believe I just read something about that

I think it said Big Oil was buying up much of the water reserves and land water rights, definitely deserves more attention. I'll be investigating this subject further.

Jefferson's Agrarian America vs. the Banksters

That's what the ultimate struggle in this country has always been about. It's coming to a head with Agenda 21, and the deliberate depopulation of rural America. We see the Feds buying up land out west, politically connected corporations using the police power of the state to shut down independent operators.

Free people growing their own food and taking responsibility for the necessities of life cannot be controlled. The banksters can't have that in their "new feudalism" can they?

70's boom to 80's bust.

In the early 1970s, lowered trade barriers coupled with record Soviet purchases of American grain resulted in a sharp increase in agricultural exports. Farm incomes and commodity prices soared.

The removal of restrictions on Federal Land Bank lending, coupled with increased lending by other entities for farmland purchases in the Seventies, led to rising land values. Conveniently low interest rates persuaded many farmers -- and would-be farmers -- to go deeply into debt on the assumption that commodity prices and land values would continue to rise.

Farm household income had been below the national average in the 1960s; in the next decade it was higher than the national average for every year except one. But it would return to the 1960s levels in the Eighties. The agricultural "boom" didn't last long.

Reagan's 1985 farm bill mandating lower prices for farm goods in order to increase sales abroad was viewed with distrust by many farmers; they believed it would benefit large agribusiness, multinational grain shippers, and conglomerate food processors, not the average farm operator.

Instead, farmers supported the "Save the Family Farm" bill, which called for $4 billion to restructure the farm debt ($3.94 billion more than the administration wanted), as well as a freeze on existing target prices at FY 1985 levels -- a $17 billion subsidy ($7 billion more than the administration wanted in FY 1986 and $12 billion more than it had earmarked for FY 1988.)

Liberal urban Democrats killed the bill, however, fearing the effect of higher food prices on their constituencies..

The Reagan administration eventually abandoned its market-oriented approach, conceding that, as one observer of the farm crisis put it, "without government assistance, farming today is a nonprofit activity."

Reagan's retreat from his marketplace philosophy was politically motivated. In political terms the farm crisis hurt the president and his party. Many farmers who had been lifelong Republicans perceived Reagan as a champion of big business, even though some remembered that Jimmy Carter's farm policy had been no better. Though a slim majority of farmers supported Reagan in 1980 and again in 1984, his approval rating in the farm community nation-wide dropped from 51% in 1984 to 39% in 1985.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Wow... you really have been paying attention.

The strategy you outline is similar to the old "Pump and Dump". Or as Jefferson (?) once said... "First by Inflation, then by Deflation...".
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You illustrate a prime example of this strategy.

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Just another credit boom & bust

The Austrians would say fear the boom, not the bust.

Monetary policy (de-linking from gold in 71') created the free-floating fiat dollar... banking began "innovating". Farmers were attracted to low rates (just like mortgage buyers) and the government created a non-competitive market.

All manipulation. End of the 70's the bill for the 60's guns & butter policies comes due, Opec hits the energy markets again and credit rates soar to 20%. Volker got it under control and then Reagan blew the lid off it again...

Farms got whacked, they can't adjust quickly (no different than a steel manufacturer, they were getting pummeled as well). SO what does gov't do? Adds more subsidies to compensate to "help" small farms. Well, they helped agribusiness buy family farms and the trend has not stopped ever since.

I do have hope though, small diversified farms that can be part of the farm-to-table movement are re-inventing the business. Product put out by big farming is unhealthy, tasteless, questionable... when given a chance people will spend a little more for quality. And THAT is how a market works. I liken it to the micro-brewing boom.

Cool thing, 20-30 something entrepreneurs are getting into farming again. They are reversing the brain drain and decline. Nice.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Ron Paul Has The Only Solution

Corporate farm control and government tyranny against small farms is a MAJOR problem. It will lead to food shortages and will further threaten our chances for an improved society.

Here is where the hope lies.

Urban Farming. I've seen statistics that show that it would be possible to prevent potential food shortages if everyone learns to grow ten to twenty percent of their own food on their own land - or even inside their homes (possibly with artificial light). Community supported farmers (even part time) can provide the balance.

No one needs the large volume of poor food that is pushed by corporations and processors. With a highly nutritious diet, the volume of food needed for a healthy population can be drastically cut. The byproduct of local food would be lower medical costs.

But, just like the other factors in the RP Revolution, it will take education and there is no way to know how much it will cost society by the time the wake up occurs.

Gene Louis
http://www.survivaloftheslickest.com/
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.

In 2008, 180 countries

In 2008, 180 countries declared that their citizens have a fundamental right to food. Only one country voted against this rudimentary right. Can you guess which country that was?

How can the proclaimed land of the free and home of the brave justify such a mean spirited decision? And is it in the best interests of their citizens or in the best interests of someone else?

Instead the United States made it’s intentions perfectly clear and voted against the right to food for it’s citizens. There is no right to food in the USA, nor is there any right to food legislation pending. Pretty simple isn’t it?

I’m wondering if the USA’s refusal to participate in The Universal Declarion of Human Rights provoked the growing grassroots right to food movement and the real food revolution? Is the war on food just beginning to heat up?

Food As A Political Weapon?

The Ukraine Farmine, of 1932-1933, was not due to natural disasters, droughts, floods or climate changes. It was simple, peacetime genocide. Desgined, directed and planned by Joseph Stalin as a means to subjugate the Ukrainians to Moscow’s will.

Starvation was the, “absolutely necessary” tool toward that end, and which claimed the lives of 7,000,000 Ukrainian farmers.

“This was the first instance of a peacetime genocide in history. It took the extraordinary form of an artificial famine deliberately created by the ruling powers.

The savage combination of words for the designation of a crime – an artificial deliberately planned famine – is still incredible to many people throughout the world, but indicates the uniqueness of the tragedy of 1933, which is unparalleled, for a time of peace, in the number of victims it claimed.” Wasyl Hryshko – Survivor The Ukrainian Holocaust, 1933

“As many as 7 million Ukrainians were starved in Soviet Socialist dictator Joseph Stalin’s artificial, forced famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. This is approximately the total population of Manitoba, Newfoundland, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.” Inky Mark, M. P. Dauphin – Swan River House of Commons 2 June 1998

Stalin lamented: “Oh, no, the Collective Farm policy was a terrible struggle… Ten million [he said, holding up his hands]. It was fearful. Four years it lasted. It was absolutely necessary…”

Vote with your $$$ for real food, rejecting industrial GMO synthetic false foods.

http://www.natural-health-home-remedies.com/food-wars.html

Don't Let Any Government Guarantee Your "Rights"

If the world government can guarantee food rights, then they can also use their power to define pharmaceuticals and chemical processing as the only source of "safe" foods.

I think you are probably seeking Bill of Rights type protections of our freedom to discover and use our God given gifts. These are protections, not rights.

Gene Louis
http://www.survivaloftheslickest.com/
Supporting a Needed Tool for Government Feedback:
A Citizen-Operated Legal System.