In 2008 it said:
Encourage Organic and Local Agriculture: Obama will help organic farmers afford to certify their crops and reform crop insurance to not penalize organic farmers. He also will promote regional food systems.
We have been penalized.
1) GMO Alfalfa unlabeled is approved for mass production. x ORganic dairy
2) GMO grass does not even go through a screening before approval.
3) Compost regulation penalizes (“protects” ech) small farms for composting.
4) None of the small organic farmers I know can afford certification. It’s just the large farmers.
5) The certification as it exists is weaker than ideal, in other words organic, Oregon Tilth. x Certified farms
Small farmers have not been helped.
Get Monsanto out of Washington. They need to stop making policy.
Columbia FTA hurts farmers in that country to keep growing legally any more.
Latin America “Free Trade” in general hurts the farmers and helps US corporations.
Which are subsidized.
Only large farms that produce cash grains are subsidized.
The subsidy program is loaded with waste money, which equates to higher taxes.
More loan programs have only gotten small farmers more in debt. (what they actually need is markets).
Attra.org, the one single useful government program got cut.
However, these local and organic farmers are the hope for our future.
Given the impending dollar devaluation soon, it is best to grow your own food.
These model farms are “grow what you would like to eat,” and then sell the extra.
It works at any scale.
The best scale, is zero expenses and 99% sustainability.
Oberlin, OH is a good example. The Jones farm markets to restaurants, schools, CSA and farm market.
In the future, mid-level clearinghouses will be necessary.
The restaurant economy relates to jobs, liesure/quality of living, farming, middle-manning, truck driving, check-out boy, shepherd, awareness, community, cross-links in the economy, industry, hardware, … , …
The USA has an abundance of good land.
If the largest farmers haven’t ruined it yet.