Monday, April 12, 2010

The National Farming System

During the past century it was believed that a completely Nationalized farming system could work. Abundances of products produced with maximum efficiency for low prices. USDA/FDA would provide the needed oversight and be responsible to educate and inform the public. The state Land Grant universities would shift their efforts from local farming systems to supporting the ever expanding national system.
Once the full commitment was set by mid-century, those farmers along with what was left of the infrastructure that had been part of the local farming system were warned that unless they shifted to the national system they would become extinct. US Secretaries of Agriculture used statements such as "Get Big or Get Out!" and "Adapt or Die". At that point there were no longer any managed state wide local farming systems.

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