Fifty years ago, more than 80% of Americans were involved in some type of agriculture. They either had a garden, had a farm, or they worked in a mill, a processing factory or a grocery store. Now, that number is down to less than 3% of Americans. Why? That’s a complicated question.
One reason was the growth of suburbia, and the shift away from manufacturing to a consumer based economy. Across the country, farming was still somewhat consolidating, so the Midwest still had lots of room for different types of farms, but the numbers were dwindling. But there were still enough grandparents and immigrants to translate farming and food choices into “city language.” They are gone now, and with them went a lot of the common language of food, and life in America.
This has a been a Godsend for marketers, agribusiness, and the Government. Having a population that is distracted by pretty packages and fancy advertisements has brought us to this point we are currently at. Where’s that? Highly processed foods, confusing diets, obese citizens, dwindling farm numbers, pollinator decline, and the perception that animals are just humans dressed in funny fur.
Let me tell you a little about what’s going on right now in American farm life, and what’s been going on for the last several decades. This will take awhile, so please follow this blog. Along the while I’ll be explaining some basic farm animal management practices, some basic farm animal biology, and explaining from the farmer’s point of view some of what they currently face from the public’s perception.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at Farm@hamesaxle.com or comment on the blog. I welcome conversation, and disagreement, but I will not participate in bickering or name calling. It is not my goal to tell people what, or how, to eat. It’s my goal to give the reader the reasons why certain things happen, what an alternative view of an issue, or to give people notice of a burgeoning problem. Readers can decide how they will proceed.
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