It's such a struggle to run and maintain a family farm. We're out there almost every episode of our show filming amazing, heart warming stories about family run organic and bio-dynamic farms that are just beginning to see some profits from all their efforts.
The issue is that with the boom, many family farmers get sucked into the notion that expansion for maximizing profits is a better path, rather than keeping the lower foot print, sustainable course.
We all have to be mindful of what happened in the 70's and 80's when family farms lost everything to bad bank debt, brought on by over-extended loans and futures on crops going south.
OK, so we're not a TV series about farmers and farming per se, but we are a cooking show (and human beings) that derive everything we do and live on from the efforts of family farms around the world. So we hope and pray that no matter how the market turns, that these farms will survive and thrive - because we all really do rely on them for sustenance.
For some more information on crop futures, ethanol and other aspects of 'ag-business' - here's an informative story from Reuters news:
Peace, Love and Organics!
Hippy Gourmet Team