Very interesting article from Oz

more interesting perhaps is the fact that no one has noticed this or cared to comment on it ?

agriculture needs to be proactive & "sell" itself to the wider community if it wants to continue on with a "right to farm"

the old " working 24 / 7 to provide the public with cheap food so they should be grateful & just let us get on with it" argument just wont cut it . . .
 
more interesting perhaps is the fact that no one has noticed this or cared to comment on it ?

agriculture needs to be proactive & "sell" itself to the wider community if it wants to continue on with a "right to farm"

the old " working 24 / 7 to provide the public with cheap food so they should be grateful & just let us get on with it" argument just wont cut it . . .


Some may have noticed it alright, but such philosophical discussions require more complex debate than one liners about something practical or tangible. The whole situation of trust has arisen because on both sides of the farm road fence huge changes have occurred and seem to be occurring at exponential pace. As I see it the following is occurring:
  • Middle income earners now represent more than 50% of the worlds population, prior to WW1 they represented less than 2%. The vast majority live in cities having no contact with food producers with most not even growing herbs in pots, let alone a vege garden.
  • Such demographics force food to be grown under industrial systems (vs. peasantry).
  • Science has enabled industrial farming. Science has a history of finding answers to mitigate environmental degradation and improved yields, but peoples beliefs now hold equal weightings to facts and science is no longer trusted by some and there is a growing body of antiglobalisation, despite the improved health and living standards globalisation has provided.
  • Societal acceptance and laws have changed rapidly over the last 70 years. For example in all western countries, homosexuality was considered a crime and/or a disease with capital punishment or horrific treatment administered. Beating ones wife was a right ordained in the scriptures. So animal welfare standards are now insisted by consumers to levels previous generations considered impracticable. Humanising of animals is more common than understanding the specific requirements of each species by large sectors of society.
My worry is the farming organisations around the world are too busy with their current short term work load to be involved with such a large and maybe distant threat of how and whom will produce all this food.
It's easy just to say 'the buggers still have to eat" and go on the defensive whenever matters become anti farming.
 

awkward

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But do people know what they want. They have opinions on what and how we do things but not the why. They worry about the carbon footprint of our production methods and turn around and buy imported product instead . the local lifestyler who is vegan makes a point in harassing my son when he is out for a pint because we are dairyfarmers. But in chipper after she is their gorging herself on a chicken brest box. The problem is a little information but not all the information.
 
But do people know what they want. They have opinions on what and how we do things but not the why. They worry about the carbon footprint of our production methods and turn around and buy imported product instead . the local lifestyler who is vegan makes a point in harassing my son when he is out for a pint because we are dairyfarmers. But in chipper after she is their gorging herself on a chicken brest box. The problem is a little information but not all the information.
Why lower yourself to the lowest common denominator?
 

Cowcorn

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Mixed Farmer
But do people know what they want. They have opinions on what and how we do things but not the why. They worry about the carbon footprint of our production methods and turn around and buy imported product instead . the local lifestyler who is vegan makes a point in harassing my son when he is out for a pint because we are dairyfarmers. But in chipper after she is their gorging herself on a chicken brest box. The problem is a little information but not all the information.
Chicken breast and vegan ???? Fucck me what are the vegan standards coming to .She should add a milkshake to wash it down.
 

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