April 4, 2010

Notes on Farming & the Economy

Organic Farming Opens a Way for Farmers to Return to Their Proper Role as Innovators and Stewards of the Land
"People yearn for greater authenticity and a genuine search for meaning and significance in life," said Hassebrook.  "They don't just want to accumulate things.  They are searching for community and meaningful relationships with people and with the land.  They are yearning for more access to nature."

The Center for Rural Affairs (CRA), located in Lyons, Neb., a town of 980, represents a set of values that reflect the best in rural people, he said:  fairness, widespread ownership, personal and social responsibility and stewardship of the land where it is preserved for the next generation.
From the 21st Annual Conference of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) held in La Crosse, Wisc.  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/04/03-0
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On Job Creation—Local Fruits and Vegetables vs. Corn and Soybeans
It turns out that foods that are better for you may also be better for farmers and local job creation. A new study by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University found that expanding fruit and vegetable production in the upper Midwest could bring significantly more economic benefits than conventional corn and soybean production on the same acreage.

The study, by Iowa State Research Scientist Dave Swenson, looked at the potential for fruit and vegetable production in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It identified 28 kinds of fruits and vegetables that farmers are able to grow in the region. Currently, much of the fruits and vegetables in the region come from other parts of the country or even outside the country.
http://iatp.typepad.com/thinkforward/2010/04/on-job-creation-fruits-and-vegetables-vs-corn-and-soybeans.html

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