The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released its biannual report on farm incomes, and it looks bleak. Farmers are drowning in debt, and itâ€™s being blamed on a poor dollar and dropping grain prices, but letâ€™s look at some additional factors which may be bankrupting the farmers of the U.S., and some easy ways to save them.
-U.S. farms grow tons of government-subsidized GMO corn to be used for ethanol. This practice is killing our soil, and bankrupting farmers. It is also totally unnecessary since we shouldnâ€™t be relying on oil for energy anymore. Costa Rica, Iceland, and Bonaire are three countries that are already running 100% on green energy. Let farmers grow hemp instead.
-Millionaires receive the largest portion of farm subsidies, not small farms. Itâ€™s time for small, organic farms to take their power back.
-Big business is killing small farmers. Itâ€™s due to Monsantoâ€™s actions in a nut shell. Stop trying to blame it on the dollar or the cost of grain in China.
-Monsanto is also killing small farm productivity by killing the pollinating insects, and by cross-pollinating organic farms with GM seed.
-Small organic farmers are making millions by connecting with their local communities. If more people took up this business model, theyâ€™d be out of debt in a New York minute.
-Forget mono-cropping on thousands of acres. Jean-Martin Fortier, author of â€śThe Market Gardener: A Successful Growerâ€™s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming,â€ť wants to prove that you can. In fact, he already has. Fortier and his wife, Maude-HĂ©lĂ¨ne Desroches, clear $140,000 in sales annually on their 1.5-acre farm, Les Jardins de la Grelinette.
-Retail organic food start-ups doing crazy good business prove there is a market for small organic farmersâ€™ goods. Then thereâ€™s the dramatic rise in sales of organic foods and beverages from $1 billion in 1990 to $26 billion in 2013 and still growing. If farmers ditch conventional agricultural practices and go back to how our ancestors grew food, they can be solvent again.
-Some of the newest successful farming models arenâ€™t even on land. They are underground or in abandoned, old car warehouses.
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