10 Things That Don’t Make Sense
Sometimes the farm side of the world has a conflict with the non-farm side of the world. This can be minor things, but sometimes major things too. It comes up that many things don’t make sense, or are so far apart there’s no bridge to understanding, it seems.
For example, although the list is long, here’s a light-hearted look at just 10 things that are cause for pause!
1. If big is bad and corporations are evil, why do we not use homemade go-carts for transportation? (Ford, Chevy etc are big corporations!) Why not give up email, computers, cell phones – all products of large corporations and serviced by large corporations!
2. If I plant a small plot of corn, interplanted with beans and squash (the ‘three sisters’) in a raised bed, why is it assumed that the person with 3000 acres can do the same thing if they just tried harder?
3. Why is agriculture the biggest punching bag for success? If a small business grows to serve more people it’s a good thing. Many large businesses today started as small business. However, if a farm gets over a certain acreage or a certain size of production in the quest to be more efficient, it’s a bad thing and “evil.”
4. Why do people believe a link on the internet vs someone who has actually DONE what they’re talking about? Likewise, why is a site that has an interest in eliminating certain types of agriculture seen as less biased then those supporting that type of agriculture?
5. How do people seriously think tying an animal down for months makes it more tender – and think people actually do that?
6. If GMOs are so distinct and bad, why can people not tell what they are? And how is it that folks that think popcorn, sweet corn and field corn are all the same are experts, while those who grow those things don’t know what they’re talking about and need ‘educated’?
7. Why is it that when we list a $25 or $30 rabbit, it sells without issue, but the $10 this weekend only takes 2 hours of discussion and much effort later is still sitting in my barn? This seems true no matter species. Connected to this, also no matter species, the animal that is 2-3 states away is assumed to be more valued that those in the local area.
8. Why is it that if 90% of the consumers want nonGMO food, that so many nonGMO farmers don’t have enough market for their crops? If people actually bought as they want, agriculture would change.
9. Why is it that saying folks should invest in what they want is a bad thing? If people don’t invest in nonGMO, or organic, or other as they want, then it’s limited as to growth. And if Monsanto or other companies invest in organic, then it’s a bad thing too because they’re corrupting it rather than investing in what people say they want, on the scale that the people can be provided what they want? Hint – Monsanto, ConAgra, Smithfield and others don’t have a problem with people investing with them. If you object to “big ag” investments, invest, beyond purchasing, in small agriculture and the processors we need to survive.
10. Many trumpet every farm should be small. Yet many consumers don’t want a garden, livestock, processing, etc so what do those people eat? One hundred years ago 44 hours per week was spent on the preparation and creation of food for the home. Today it’s as often a matter of a drive-up window and if we wait 5 minutes it’s an unspeakable inconvenience! The time spent preserving, preparing, cooking is unseen.
Most really don’t want to go back 50, 60, 100 years ago. Do we really want agriculture to? Why can’t it be like 100 years ago? Statistically the USA had 100,000,000 people then. It’s three times that now, on less land, with less time devoted to growing and processing food.
Which 200,000,000 plus people are leaving? Where do they go? For those who won’t wait five minutes for food – will you drive a few hours to pick up food you can prepare at home?
We are incredibly blessed, some say to the point of spoiled. May we know that, all the way through.