Thursday, August 8, 2013

What will our food options be in 10 years.

       Last nite i was watching a local show it had a local farmer on it.The farmer runs a large U pick it farm.He was talking about most his customers we older because they still can and freeze fresh produce.He said it was a shame that younger folks was losing the knowledge to feed themselves.The old farmer made a statement that rang true to me he said 50% of all food was grown on cooperate farms and if it continued in 10 years 80% of all food would come from a few conglomerates.He said the family farms were dying  due to age and cost lower profits.The next statement he made got my wife's attention.The old man said in a few years it may be not how much food cost but how to get enough to eat and will it be what you want or fit to eat.
        Now that is a scary thought.What if 80% of food is controlled by 5 or 6 food companies will we have a choice or will we be fed soy lent green and told its organic( OK maybe not soy lent green but you get the idea).Marketing is these companies strong suit and when they control the supply they set the price.
        I know i haven't made any new revelations here but i felt it was worth a few lines. I learned as a kid that men in bibb overalls knew a lot more than most in Armani suits.what worries people in overalls should worry us all!


  1. It's been headed that way for a long time. I worked for a guy who was from Iowa. His brother was a big "latifundia" type farmer. The guy bought up family farms as they came on the market, and he farmed thousands of acres all over the state like a business. I doubt he even saw most of the land he owned. He did not plant anything but corn because that brought the most in government subsidies, which is how he made his money.

  2. Even worst than mono crop subsidies.Is the payment to turn a field fallow.A farmer with a few hundred acres cant afford to leave land fallow.A meckinized farm has such overhead one bad season can bankrupt them.Corperations love low crop prices because it increases there land holdings and one day only they will set the price.

  3. Hi Gary! You have a really great site! I'm glad to have stumbled upon it! I was wondering if you feature guest postings. Thanks and have a great day!