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USDA Census (Part I): Small Farms on the Rise in America

By Max Ajl

Feb 17, 2009

Undoubtedly a good thing, and buttressed by at the ground-breaking of The People’s Garden at USDA headquarters that “President Obama has expressed his commitment to responsible stewardship of our land, water and other natural resources.”

The census wasn’t entirely positive, though. While the number of small farms is increasing, food production is concentrating. In 2002, 144,000 farms produced 70 percent of the nation’s food. Today, 125,000 farms do so—about 6 percent of the total number of farms.

That means Americans are still overwhelmingly eating food produced in massive industrial farms.

And that is undoubtedly a bad thing—which means that policies should be seriously re-jiggered to promote small organic farms, if policy-makers wish to reduce emissions.

Why? We'll talk about that tomorrow in Part II.

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