Without farmers, you'd be hungry, naked and sober | Eric Sannerud

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Farmers keep us fed and our economies stable, but in the US they’re retiring faster than they’re being replaced. Take a crash course in agricultural policy with Eric Sannerud to see why this problem can’t be solved by simply buying from your local farmer’s market — and learn how you can use your vote to create a better future for farmers.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. The best thing you can do is look at what you eat on your plate, we must move away from eating animals because animal agriculture and factory farming is the most unethical, cruel, wasteful, destructive and insufficient system there it's harming us and the planet. Support farmers to move to plant based agriculture and move away from animal explotation and what everyone can do the least is go Vegan.

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  3. I don't get why it's a problem for a farmer to require 6.000 cows to sustain himself.

    Is it possible? if it's on the table probably yes, full time jobs aren't made so that you can't sustain yourself with, else they wouldn't work. Starting from barely being able to make a living you get more money the more the demand and the less the candidates are, there are fewer people who wanna be farmers and farmers are also diying, the demand is there and the candidates are few, so wages for farmers should be going up. Also so why not have 1 and not 150 of them. He never said what happens "we all know what happens" "schools close, people leave their communities.. etc.." Why? what happens when a farmer has 6000 cows instead of 40 that leads to schools closing, I don't know!

  4. There's a reason this guy is from Minnesota and not California or NY, farming = countryside unfortunately and that's something that I think needs to change since our world is getting more and more urbanised

  5. Ah.. how the giant have fallen..
    the US gov have been chopping away at the education, economy, health care and about every aspect of what made the giant a giant.. until it falls and burn away a slow burn…

  6. there's an agenda by Monsanto and Syngenta to destroy western farmers through networking and forcing African small holders to plant gmo in order to flood the world's markets with cheap gmo food

  7. Hi Eric, Good topic and well presented but I believe that you may have a far too insular view to a global situation
    My background is a retired sheep farmer on a 5000 acre farm in Tasmania so I have experienced all the piddling share of the domestic consumer's $ that the free market economy currently accepts is a reasonable share going back to farmers in this a mainly urban world
    Our farmers, and yours have for many years have fed those urban masses and the way we have done it is by becoming more efficient and doing things smarter
    We are all experiencing a global pandemic because of a connected world – Closing borders may slow the pandemic but eventually those borders must re-open and we as farmers must work together exchanging ideas and learning from each other and underpin our economies to become stronger. In so doing we may educate the urban mass of the vitality of Rural production to the stocking of the supermarket shelves and the rag trade (clothing)
    That interconnected world also threatens farmers all over (for example The African Swine Fever). In my opinion the best way to deal with it, is for producers to band together and implement ways to ensure the security of the food chain across the globe
    I am all for having the farmers recognised for their contribution to society BUT I do not want to see a move for more protection and subsity of local farmers as this is the very thing that will beat us in the supermarket trolley
    By the way its compulsory to vote over here!

  8. Its an unsolved cycle. If you suport the farming industry, or any other industry, through subsidies and regulations it will loos its ability to compet world wide and lead to protectionism. If you leave it to open market it lead to consolidation and monopolization witch is the way it's going now. Not just the farming industry, the hole model of production need a reset.

  9. My dad's a farmer and I want to continue what he's doing but first I have to get a graduation degree coz people dont respect farmers and people who aren't graduated 😩

  10. Clearly a new speaker who's not very polished, but he is speaking truth and is passionate about his topic, so is inspirering and attention grabbing none the less. Good job man. Kinda want to find a way to show this at the maine october festival for small farmers…

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