The End of the American Farm Essay

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Chasity Phillips Economics 2000 May 4, 2012 Is The Great American Farm Coming To an End? It is obvious that most Americans would probably not notice if farming and ranching disappear, as long as they continue to get their burgers and fries. The U.S. economy no longer needs agriculture and is rapidly outgrowing it. Voters support urban positions over rural interests. Taxpayers are tired of paying subsidies to farmers while surplus food sits in subsidized storage facilities. Suburbanites are fed up with the odors, dust, and toxins from the old farm down the road. No one is buying the farmer’s heart-wrenching story of survival. Instead, they are doing what American’s do best- buying imported food. American culture is no longer rural. Just like other rich counties/parishes, America has created alternate lifestyle choices in and around cities, and the masses have flocked to them. Furthermore, in this stage of its economic development, the United States offers varied rural lifestyle choices. Family farming is not the only form of rural living available to the American population. People can live near cities and still have the ranchette of their dreams. As America develops further, information engineering and other new industries will enable a return to a rural lifestyle of many people if they desire it. It is already happening. Part of the attachment to family farming comes from the “small is better” bias held by many Americans. There may be or may not be some truth to this notion elsewhere in the economy, but it no longer applies to farming and ranching. Today, the only people who argue in favor of “saving the family farm” are former or current family farmers who have been or are being pushed out of business because they cannot compete with their larger, more profitable neighbors. Small mom-and-pop operations cannot compete with larger firms, so family farms

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