The greed for profit is ruining agriculture – and the world – but the trend for local shops and farmers' markets offers real hope
...report after report – the kind governments and big organisations choose to override – tells us that the best way to ensure that everyone is well fed, sustainably and securely, is through farms that are mixed, complex and low-input (quasi-organic). These must be labour-intensive (or there can be no complexity), so there is no advantage in them being large scale.....
Oh just fuck off. Small scale farming is dirty dangerous work producing unsafe expensive food in environmentally damaging ways on more land per unit of production than "factory farming".
I'm a small farmer, I know.
Ever since neolithic man got himself organised enough to allow Ugg The Clever One to not have to chase deer all day so he could make pots and chart the sunrises the progress of civilisation has been a story of getting people off the farm to do something better.