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THE CHANGED FACE OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE LEAVES LITTLE ROOM FOR ICONIC FAMILY FARMERS AS RURAL ECONOMIC INEQUITY GROWS.

Concentration and ratcheted-up control is rapidly occurring in all sectors of the economy. That reality most certainly includes agriculture.
Many of us are aware of the corporate takeover of seed, farm inputs and farm credit. However, what our media has failed to do is expose the rapid disappearance of moderate family-scale farm operations.
While organic farming has remained the last refuge for the American family farmer, organic farmers are paddling upstream against strong rip currents created by the very big players.
This concise article highlights the dilemma facing everyone who eats food. Jim

“‘Farms that once generated wealth for entire communities are now creating a new class of superfarms, which are concentrating wealth and income at the top,’ creating a new class divide in rural areas, Patrick Jonsson reports for the Christian Science Monitor.

“‘What most people think of as family farms don’t exist in large numbers anymore, but what exists are large family businesses … in the $3 to $5 million range’ of annual revenue, David Peters, a rural sociologist at Iowa State University, told Jonsson…..

“‘Those who have traditionally performed jobs on the farm are left out of any sort of share in the wealth that’s being produced,'”

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