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Small family farms are the backbone of a community, a nation, and of society as a whole
     "Freedom to Farm is driving farmers off the land in this country and destroying our rural communities. The question is do we want family farms, or do we want factory farms?"  Roger Allison, Executive Director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center.  The right to food self sufficiency .  The corporate-controlled factory system is inherently flawed - There is a better way -- independent family farmers. Roger Allison, Des Moines, Iowa.


The Impact of Globalization on Family Farm Agriculture - Bill Christison is president of both the Missouri Rural Crisis Center and the U.S. National Family Farm Coalition

GRACE Factory Farm Project


A rural economy built on family farmers sustains itself - "The awful truth is: Family farmers, communities and the environment lose when we let these companies have an unfair competitive advantage through lax environmental enforcement, tax advantages, taxpayer-funded research and other corporate welfare. It has been shown that 28 jobs get lost whenever nine jobs are created at factory farms. In contrast, a rural economy built on family farmers sustains itself as farmers' business expenditures get recirculated through feed and seed stores, machinery dealers and hardware stores." - Roger Allison, Columbia, Missouri

Several papers by John Ikerd, University of Missouri, about environmentally and economically sustainable family farming.
History and Philosophy of Natural Systems Agriculture from the Land Institute, Salina, Kansas

Erosion averages 5.5 tons per acre per year in the United States.

   "People are trying to find ways to shorten the distance between producers and consumers, to make the connections between the two more direct, and to make this local economic activity a benefit to the local community. They are trying to learn to use the consumer economies of local towns and cities to preserve the livelihoods of local farm families and farm communities. They want to use the local economy to give consumers an influence over the kind and quality of their food, and to preserve and enhance the local landscapes. They want to give everybody in the local community a direct, long-term interest in the prosperity, health, and beauty of their homeland."
   -- Wendell B
erry full article
 

Joel Salatin, SARE 2000 conference
"Sustainable agriculture is creating a farm that your children will want" says Joel Salatin, a 3rd generation organic livestock farmer.  See The Agrarian Foundation, Books by Joel Salatin

Audio tapes from Acres U.S.A. presents the premier conference on commercial-scale ecological agriculture, as well as specialized meetings and events.

support_farmers.jpg Fatal Harvest is the basis for the Organic & Beyond campaign, which seeks to reestablish our relationship with nature, the farmer, and the land. The campaign helps us to stop being mere food "consumers" and teaches us to be "creators," and truly see and understand that each action we take in deciding which foods to buy, grow, or eat creates a very different future for ourselves and the earth.
The Book Fatal Harvest

 


  "The trouble with the rat race is, even if you win, you're still a rat"   -- Lily Tomlin

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