how did we get here?

A must-read for those who wonder how, if natural farming is so wonderful, we came to have an industrial food production technopoly, Mr. Wendell Berry’s excellent and revealing essay Jefferson, Morrill and the Upper Crust details (but briefly) how  big industry used land grant universities and the extension service to outrun and displace the small farmers who were, when those services were first instituted with the citizen’s tax dollar, more than half the tax base they were formed to serve.  If you have trouble locating the essay, it can be found in the collection titled The Unsettling of America.  Good systems can be defeated when big BIG money, education and government ‘service’ unite to make it so.

One thought on “how did we get here?

  1. And “The People” no longer own the land or have any land to go back to. Most children today have nearly no contact with the natural world. I’m glad I was able to raise my kids mostly on the land, with animals. We did not begin to maximize our relationship with the land, but the kids will have *some* piece of it in their hearts. They’re going to need it.

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