[NAFEX] foundation of agriculture

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Sat Apr 7 13:09:54 EDT 2007


Hi,

 

My underlying point being that preaching to farmers and agriculturists about
the virtues of organic and standard agricultural practices will not change
consumer demand one iota, and its consumer demand that drives commercial
agricultural practice.

 

Later,

Tom

 

PS: We have tobacco farmers in Ontario crying for a bailout to switch from
tobacco to standard crops with the shrinking market demand.  Their greed
exceeded their reach.  They gambled, lost and now want a public bailout for
a crop that killed hundred of thousands of the public.  Really bad business
people in my estimation.

 

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How many farmers do you think are going into tobacco today?  It is all about

market demand, and economics, which are driven by consumers.  Change the

consumer, change farming.

 

Tobacco's not a good analogy for this argument, Tom.

There's actually more tobacco being grown today than ever - but since the
government price support program is now 

gone, the small 'family' farms that grew small acreages/allotments of
tobacco are now phasing out of the equation, 

and larger operations are free to grow as much tobacco as they care to -
they're no longer limited, as the 

government has now gotten out of the tobacco price control business, and
it's now a free-market system, with 

growers contracting with 'big tobacco' to grow X number of acres or X pounds
of tobacco for X number of dollars.

 

Lucky

 

 

 

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