NY Times Editorial about America's oldest farm, the Tuttle Farm near Dover, New Hampshire that did not go far enough in assigning blame.
What really killed this farm wasn't the government so much as a handful of giant corporations. The government did not arrive at the idea of centralizing the agricultural industry all on its own--they had help getting there.
We were a nation that once relied heavily on farms for our sustenance and with each passing year, the federal government has done everything within their power to send the few that are left out of business through centralization. They have made it impossible for family farms to sustain themselves by heavily subsidizing industrial agricultural operations and ending federal support to family farms.
Governmental support payments for farmers only lasted about seventy years before an aggressive effort of industrial agricultural centralization began. Someone wanted this change to occur because they wanted control, that would be *Monsanto in the lead of this charge, who has deep ties to the White House dating back to the 1980s.
*(this link takes you to a movie about Monsanto as well as information)
Family farms are not huge profit centers for the government, but the large corporations that now control the industry are and the government is lined up at their feeding trough.
Companies like ConAgra, Cargill and Monsanto have taken the place of these farms.
Monsanto is a hydra that has so many corporate layers it is almost impossible to weave through the company's complexity. They are also dubbed the "most evil company in the world." Try a Google search with that phrase and see what pops up. Their environmental crimes are legendary and they are hell bent on running all farms out of business with our government protecting them while they do it.
(One highly publicized lawsuit was filed in Florida over the firing of two whistleblowers by the local Fox affiliate for refusing to report false information in an attempt to not upset Monsanto regarding the rBGH in milk.)
There has been a war against farming going on for a long while and the loud outcry over their use of chemicals has resonated to the public and especially to the environmental movement. The environmental "crimes" of the small farmers pale in comparison to the incidents perpetrated by these large corporations who have driven out these farmers. So, we have to ask who was really behind the propaganda campaign against them?
And why did we fall for it?