with eyes open wide
Ya’ll. You have to read this article if you support family farms. I have been searching for comprehensive information like this for a long time and luckily stumbled upon it thanks to Amp (check out that website for lots of good resources on sustainability).
Farm Aid is an organization started by Willie Nelson 28 years ago to promote the family farm (shortest explanation possible). They touch every area dealing with the current plight of the family farm – promoting local food, connecting farmers to regional resources to help in times of need, lobbying, etc.
They published a fantastic analysis of the current situation happening in agriculture. I appreciated the fact that they focus on the good and bad of family farms rather than purely beating down commercial and industrial farms. Of course they explain how the family farming model is better (with facts and figures!), but they leave the bashing out of it. It makes for a positive read, rather than a war chant.
It’s an all-around great article to read from start to finish to be able to understand (though it really it just scratching the surface) that local family farms ARE sustainable and they NEED to be promoted more through help from the government, better marketing and better education.