We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional lands and territories of the Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), Chikashsha Yaki (Chickasaw) peoples*
So I have rare breed animals that are on the critically endangered list and it has become abundantly clear that using the market and profit thinking to save them will not and has not worked. If an animal’s worth can drop in value because of the market even if there are only 100 left in the world, ya gotta come to grips that the market doesn’t care.
So it’s up to me to carry the burden and just caring for these creatures. Somewhere around 3,500 a year and that doesn’t even touch on vet costs, medicines, fencing, out buildings or any other supply costs, not to mention anything put toward my labor or learning curve. Maintaining this is not economically feasible, yet needed.
And if you consider for a moment that if the market doesn’t care about four legged creatures at risk of extinction, it certainly doesn’t care about you. Now think for a minute that we all need farmers to grow our food and we need them to do it more sustainability, because we’ve less than 60 seasons left before the soil is gone if we don’t change the way we are doing it. Again, if we are dependent on the market to care about this, again it will fail us because it is not even measuring soil degradation in its calculations.
I support living stipend for farmers to transition to regenerative, because we can’t expect farmers to cover the costs of this much needed transition. As a small farmer I’m telling you they can’t. That’s why big agriculture concerns gets all the subsidies it gets. The problem being these concerns take the money and then make decisions based on the ability to profit, not whether the food is nourishing, not whether the soil is being replenished. If we already know that is not in any of our best interests, we need to stop thinking it will save us. We need a major shift on who makes the decisions here and who carries the burden here. Too many small farmers are suicidal in this market driven economic climate. We saw it happen in India and we will see it happen here in the United States. We can’t expect farmers to carry the burden of this shift. The risk is way too high if they fail due to market mentality.
Heck if a farmer wants to go organic the government has programs that will cover half the costs of the certification, bless their hearts! Why isn’t this a free service to farmers? Why aren’t they being paid to make the transition?