Small Farms Under Attack
April 30, 2012 by Sam Rolley
Government efforts to do away with the small family farm in the United States to make the populace dependent on large corporate-and-bureaucratic-controlled farming operations for food are becoming increasingly successful.
Last week, the website The Economic Collapse outlined an alarming trend in the Nation: the complete wiping out of the family farm.
From the article:
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… 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.
The article is backed up by recent news stories about government regulatory assaults on small farming operations initiated by well-funded corporate lobbies. It is estimated that about 80 percent of food grown in the Nation is linked to Monsanto Co.
In Michigan, farmers have been told that they are not allowed to raise hogs on small family farms that do not meet the State’s approval.
Raw milk farmers are attacked repeatedly by Federal Food and Drug Administration jackboots for peddling their pure products.
Government, in the name of safety (surprise), is working feverishly to make it illegal for children to do certain farm work. They have backed down for now amid public backlash, but probably not for long.
Small food operations throughout the country are under attack from the corporately corrupted FDA.
The results of allowing corporate control to take over the U.S. agriculture industry are lower-quality food and the ruination of naturally occurring crops as genetically modified varieties take over. Another result: communities that lack the ability to produce foodstuffs on their own, making them wholly dependent on the State in the event of societal distress and the disruption of modern food supply.
As government continues in its effort to control every aspect of American life, a statement made by Henry Kissinger in 1970 sums up the reasoning behind taking food production out of the hands of small farms, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”