Banish Corporate Agriculture! And Beyond!
Look at almost any public media piece on agriculture or food and there’s the rallying cry to “banish corporate agriculture!” Get the “big ag” and “big food” out of the way so the little guy and small farms have a market (which we have). Many farms are corporations for tax and legal purposes, but that doesn’t matter right? Keeping it in the family isn’t an issue – off with their signatures!
Does anyone else find it odd that most often no one thinks about the reality without corporations in the world? We don’t have to like it but it is a reality! While crying to banish corporate agriculture it’s done on a devise that is produced by a corporation, that we wouldn’t be able to use without service (corporation) and that most use a vehicle daily that is also produced by a corporation. Should all of those things go away too, banned because of the need to banish corporations? If not, why single out agriculture?
It may be odd that it seems we’re defending our “competition” but I’m not. Tysons isn’t competition for me – they serve a totally different market. The grocery stores (corporations) carry what their market wants – my market wants a direct approach with a more personal touch. Should I resent those who choose differently? Why? Because the majority of the public will never buy a thing from us – and isn’t that their choice?
For what it’s worth much of what we do is because of a dislike of dealing with larger corporations. I go to the bank with a deposit so I can pay my bills and am told not only can I not get cash back to get fuel, but indeed there’s a hold on the deposit because others put through bad money orders. Granted it’s just a few days, but when a corporation wants something they pay a penalty when it’s not paid at THAT DAY…if the power bill is three days late, there’s a late fee. Late on credit cards or car payment? How much is that late fee? There’s policies and a network of people that is so incredible that no one person takes responsibility for anything.
Recently there was a connection issue on our internet. I called TDS Communications – they’d send someone out the next day. The next day at the end of the promised time I called – oops it’ll be tomorrow. I could visualize them shrugging and smiling. I told the tech I found the problem was a loose wire – which screw connection does it go on, top or bottom? “We’ll have someone out there tomorrow.” I took a chance and fixed it. Now mind you the TDS building is next door. From their door following the line to our box is less than 300 feet, and we could throw a stick and hit the building from the side fence! The dogs don’t even bark at the TDS vans – they’re that familiar! But when large corporations are involved everything must be done this – particular – way – by – policy.
City people shrug and say it’s irritating but that’s just how things are. Except for corporate FARMS – they’re EVIL!! That’s different!!
Pluck Starbucks from the landscape. Now pluck all restaurants that have Inc behind them – that’s most of them! WalMart, Target…all those save-you-money stores *gone*. They’re all for profit – bad! Must banish them so the small stores have a chance – if you have to wait for food or make a dozen stops surely that’s not too much to do for the elimination of corporations! Right?
Now we’re making progress. Off with any vehicle with a corporate label – only those home built vehicles are worthy of the right to exist. Do away with air travel (it’s all corporate!). Now the door is open for all those horse trainers to make a living because everyone will need horses, bikes (only non corporate ones) and walking to get around. Revitalize communities! The obesity problem is solved because people are exercising!
All because corporations are banned! Or, perhaps, a better way is to choose what you want to buy and let others do the same.
We all have choices, and we all have markets. The choices allow the markets to exist.