with eyes open wide
A great reason to be proud of my homestate Georgia!
There are so many problems with farming in the United States. Aside from the pesticides, antibiotics, horrible living conditions and inhumane death, the next biggest problems are the cost of equipment and land.
Raising animals on an organic farm is CHEAP. They eat naturally grown grass. They reproduce naturally. They sleep outside or in simply-made mobile homes.
Land prices in the United States are outrageous. Unless one is fortunate to inherit hundreds or thousands of acres, most likely any land for the business will have to be mortgaged. Mortgages come with interest rates, which are not favorable for a simple farm no matter how you look at it.
Professional farming equipment for a business operation (USDA approved) is very expensive. Equipment to kill an animal humanely is over a million dollars, in addition to the multi-million dollar facilities to prepare the fresh meat. This is outrageous!! The industry needs to fight back on these prices or develop new less-expensive methods and facilities.
I salute Mr. Harris for his valiant effort! It’s a hard climate to work in, choosing the path less traveled. I certainly hope to see more farmers follow in his footsteps and to create a large movement for organic farming. Only then will they have enough of a voice to fight against the discrimination and growing pains they are currently experiencing.