US Family Farms Being Systematically Wiped Out
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sat Apr 28 21:46:14 BST 2012
The Family Farm Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America
April 27, 2012
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 doesnt 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. Back in
1900, about 39 percent of the U.S. population
worked on farms. At this point, only about 2
percent of all Americans now live on farms. 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 way that the farming industry is structured
today, it is simply not economically feasible to
operate a small family farm. According to Farm
Aid, every week approximately 330 farmers leave their land for good.
Many old timers are trying to hang on for as long
as they can. A very large percentage of family
farmers are in their fifties, sixties or
seventies at this point. Today, only about 6
percent of all farmers are under the age of 35.
Most young people these days are not too eager to
choose farming as a career. A lot of young
adults that grew up on family farms have decided
that investing hundreds of thousands of dollars
in a business that requires you to work 12 hours
or more per day most of the year for very meager wages is simply not worth it.
In recent years, many family farmers have been
forced to find second jobs in order to support
their families. Many farm families are
constantly on the verge of financial ruin. It is
a really tough life for many of them.
Sadly, less than 25 percent of all farms in
America bring in gross revenues in excess of
$50,000. The following comes from the EPA website
It has been estimated that living expenses for
the average farm family exceed $47,000 per year.
Clearly, many farms that meet the U.S. Census
definition would not produce sufficient income to
meet farm family living expenses. In fact, fewer
than 1 in 4 of the farms in this country produce
gross revenues in excess of $50,000.
On top of everything else, the federal government
and many state governments just keep endlessly
piling more rules and regulations on to the backs of farmers.
Big agribusiness has the resources to deal with
all of these regulations fairly well, but most family farms do not.
With each passing year, the farming industry
becomes even more centralized. If current trends
continue, big agribusiness will eventually
control nearly all of it. The following is from the EPA website
By 1997, a mere 46,000 of the two million farms
in this country accounted for 50% of sales of
agricultural products (USDA, 1997 Census of
Agriculture data). That number was down from almost 62,000 in 1992.
In certain industries the amount of consolidation
has been absolutely stunning. For example,
between 1970 and today the United States has lost
88 percent of its dairy farms.
Another factor that is shaping the farming
business is the incredible power that the giant
food processing conglomerates have accumulated.
Today, there are 10 corporations that control
most of the things that Americans eat and drink
on a daily basis. If you doubt this, just check out this chart.
The giant food processing conglomerates have a
massive amount of influence over how food is
grown in the United States today. Small farmers
that try to go against the tide often have a very rough go of it.
That is also true when it comes to seeds.
For example, approximately 80 percent of all corn
grown in the United States is grown using seeds
that have been genetically modified by Monsanto.
If you want to try to defy companies such as
Monsanto, you are playing a very dangerous
game. The predatory business practices of
Monsanto have been well documented. Monsanto has
taken countless numbers of farmers to court, and they are absolutely ruthless.
Plus, it certainly does not help that there is a
constant revolving door between Monsanto and
federal government agencies. If you doubt this,
just check out the chart about Monsanto on this page.
Amazingly, in spite of all this there are still
some small farmers that are able to overcome all
of these obstacles and run successful businesses.
But that is where the federal government comes in.
In recent years, the federal government has
become absolutely obsessed with going after small farmers.
For example, a recent Food Freedom News article
detailed what the feds have been doing to Randy
and Karen Sowers. They were keeping their cash
deposits under $10,000 so that they would not
have to fill out a bunch of paperwork, and the
federal government came down on them like a hurricane
Structuring, explains Overlawyered.com, is the
federal criminal offense of splitting up bank
deposits so as to keep them under a threshold
such as $10,000 above which banks have to report
transactions to the government.
While being questioned, the Sowers were finally
presented with a seizure order and advised that
the feds had already emptied their bank account
of $70,000. The Dept. of Justice has since sued
to keep $63,000 of the Sowers money, though they
committed no crime other than maintaining their privacy.
Without funds, they will be unable to make purchases for the spring planting.
When a similar action was taken against Taylors
Produce Stand last year, the feds seized $90,000,
dropped the charges, and kept $45,000 of Taylors money.
Knowing that most farms operate on a very thin
margin, such abuse of power wipes out a familys
income, and for a bonus, the feds enhance the
monopoly power of Monsanto, Big Dairy and their supply chain.
At many other small farms across America, the
feds have conducted military-style raids at the
crack of dawn over the smallest infractions.
Some examples of this were detailed in a
documentary entitled Farmaggedon. The
following is a short trailer for that film
The sad truth is that the federal government has
been using your tax money to go after small farmers in absolutely vicious ways.
For example, the feds raided one Amish farm at 5 AM one morning.
So what was the big crime that the feds were so concerned about?
Well, the Amish farm was selling raw milk.
Oh the horror!
The feds seem content to leave big agribusiness
pretty much alone, but they are constantly going
after small farms in hundreds of different ways.
Did you know that the Department of Labor is
instituting new regulations that will ban
children from doing many kinds of farm chores?
Just another way to kill off the family farm in America.
America is changing, and not for the better.
Just like the middle class, the family farm is heading for extinction.
Eventually, the big corporations and the federal
government will have near total control over food production in America.
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