You may have seen the New York Times article “Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic”. I mean, how sad and confusing is this?
One the one hand, we have supermarkets with empty shelves and people struggling to find food. On the other hand, we have farmers who are destroying perfectly good food. What a mess. What a waste.
The modern industrialized mega food industry is exposing its vulnerability to us. At the same time, small farmers are showing us their strength, resilience, and reliability.
Small farm sales are increasing dramatically, and they are willfully rising to the challenge.
I have had a few conversations with farmer Aaron about this. My main question is, why is it that small farmers are reliable in a crisis? He came up with a few big reasons.