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Yes, Progressives, God Made Farmers

Jacob55 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:32 PM
I disagree that the shrinkage of farms and less family owned farms is necessarily a bad thing. In 1935, we had a lot less technology, so individual farmers couldn't maintain as much land, and it required more labor too. Now, we have plenty of technology. The far too looked down upon corporate-owned farm, due to economies of scale, can make more food at a lower price, making us better off. It might be nostalgic, but we're far better off. Being able to look at glowing screens rather dig in the dirt is simply REAL progress (that is, the march of economics and tech, not the sort of progress libs yap about), created using our god-given intellects.
Original Saepe_Expertus Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:51 PM
Progress is NOT measured by our 'gadgets' so much as it is in the 'advancement' of the Human Heart.
psydoc Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:42 PM
I can't agree with you Jacob. What we have lost is farmers who care about their animals...not so much in the sense of naming them all, and treating them well, although that is what my family did; but, in the fact that they were raised naturally. Today's large feed-lot farms raise animals as it was never intended by nature, that is not a good use of god-given intellect, it creates environments in which disease is prevalent, and quality of food is diminished. Economics is not the sole factor in quality of life.
talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:10 PM
psydoc, only a few of the people who farm today use the 'old ways' that have been around as long as humans have been around. Grass feeding cattle, keeping the strong plants and discarding the ones that are weak, using 'natural' manure fertilizer, not splicing genes from one species to another and calling it "improved".
I still get my meat from my sister's farm where they let the cattle run wild and eat what God put there for them. I still use organic fertilizer and pest control in my garden. The food is much tastier than that from the store. My only problem is finding a good reliable esupply of milk from grass fed cows that is not pasteurized.

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