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  •  My dad was farming 1,500 acres in the 1960s (0+ / 0-)

    It is definitely possible for one family to sustainably farm a lot of land with modern equipment. It takes a lot of planning and hard work, but it is still possible. My niece's husband farms several thousand acres with his father in a state where corporate farming is outlawed. Progressives need to dump this image of farming that is stuck in Little House on the Prairie days.

    •  modern? (2+ / 0-)
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      Reepicheep, Margd

      Without specific knowledge, I can't comment on the sustainability of the farms you give as examples.

      But the term "modern" has been twisted by the public relations hacks employed by industrial agriculture.  To the PR hacks, "modern" means:

      -Factory Farms where hogs and chickens are packed in like sardines and fed an anti-biotic laced diet

      -Megadairies where immigrant labor is exploited and the cow's hooves never touch grass

      -Acres of genetically-modified row crops doused with pesticides and synthetic fertilizer

      -Rural communities racked with poverty, contaminated water, and toxic air, that reflect a new form of corporate feudalism

      None of those things are sustainable, either in economic or environmental terms.

      I apologize if that was not the kind of "modern" you were referring to.

    •  I nevr said it didn't. (0+ / 0-)

      I said that if you don't own a lot of acreage (we had 300 acres), you won't stay in business long and you can't afford to buy the machinery in order to expand your operation because you aren't making enough off such a small parcel to put out $250K for a new combine.

      I can just about forgive the Brits for starting our revolutionary war and burning DC to the ground during the war of 1812 for giving us Led Zeppelin.

      by Pager on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 09:50:04 AM PDT

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