Says policy change needed for organic farms’ survival
In a quest to keep Valley residents as informed as possible about the food they eat, Madera organic farmer Tom Willey discussed why Americans eat from factories, not farms, with “Foodopoly” author Wenonah Hauter during an hour-long radio show Friday evening.
The weakening of antitrust laws and a consolidation of grocery chains and processed food companies has “changed the food chain all the way down to the farm,” explained Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch. The consumer rights group works to ensure the food, water and fish Americans consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.
“Farmers are as much victims as consumers, as eaters,” she said. “My book explains why farmers can’t make a living and why they are driven to use the techniques and production methods that they do.”
Gone are the days of diversified farming, in which crops are planted and animals are grazed on one farm in order to replenish natural ecosystems. Instead, crop production is highly chemical intensive and the production and slaughter methods used on chickens and cattle are downright disgusting, Hauter said...