Humble Rants 20 July 2011

Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Opinion

Humble Rants 20 July 2011

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

Elderly farmer killed in tractor accident

When an elderly man was killed in a tractor accident, many people wrote letters to the editor of a Maine newspaper about how wonderful it is that a few of the old men who “worked hard to make this country great” are still out there tilling the soil.

Here’s an example of what we’re talking about: “It amazes me how a 84 year old man is still out there scratching a living, while people a third of his age are always looking for a free ride. They will never replace you old timers.”

You probably know even more old men who would still be raising chickens or cows if multi-national agricultural conglomerates had not created an environment that makes small Maine farms either illegal or unprofitable.

You’ve read that in the past 16 years 10 percent of these mega-farms have received 74 percent of all U.S. government welfare, or over $150 billion.  

Hoorah for the “free ride.”

You’ve read that these big farms receiving help from the government are owned by the likes of Washington lobbyist Gerald Cassidy, NBA star Scottie Pippen, oil billionaire Lee Bass or U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Ever heard of this Rep. Bachmann, R-Minn.? She seems to be pushing her way to the front of the line with her hand out when it comes to our lopsided version of socialized agriculture.

One of the first things a tourist notices in Northern Europe is the large number of small, productive farms. Here in Maine you are more likely to see fallen-down barns.

Can you guess why?

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