Google co-founder and Alphabet Inc. CEO Larry Page noted, “If you ask an economist what’s driven economic growth, it’s been major advances in things that mattered – the mechanization of farming, mass manufacturing, things like that. The problem is, our society is not organized around doing that.”
If local farming initiatives were a national priority we could re-organize our country around things that really matter – such as food security and good paying jobs. We can accomplish this by developing small to mid-sized independently owned farms within or close to the cities and suburbs.
For years now, economists have been predicting an economic collapse. The only thing people think about when economies collapse is… food. Collapse or no collapse, wouldn’t people fare much better with local farms nearby? Thriving local farms would help make the “crash” much less severe – or maybe even help prevent it in the first place.
Back in the day, the local farms and related industries were the life blood of the communities. The Agricultural industry provided food and jobs for many people. It also provided real independence and prosperity.
There was an abundance of work for farmhands, mechanics, butchers, bakers, truck drivers and grocery store clerks just to name a few. The local farms helped keep the economic power where it belonged – at the local level. America was strong on the local level. Continue reading “Local Farming Initiatives As A National Priority”