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Old 04-03-2016, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The French focus on good quality. Americans focus on saving money.
don't think that has anything to do with it. People growing produce on small farms here are no different from those in France. They want to produce a quality product. If the quality is good the price will reflect this. So, what you are claiming has a few holes in it.
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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don't think that has anything to do with it. People growing produce on small farms here are no different from those in France. They want to produce a quality product. If the quality is good the price will reflect this. So, what you are claiming has a few holes in it.
That is largely a different topic though. There are two different Ag industries in America right now.

Nationwide the number of farms in America is shrinking. Fewer farms are producing more and more to 'Feed the World'. What is distributed through chain grocery stores or walmart is not from small farms, but it comes from huge mono-crop farms.

In my state, we have more farms each year and more Farmer's Markets start-up each year. These are small farms selling locally. I produce fruit / veggies to a Buyer's Club, being small scale I can select varieties for flavor or long shelf life, etc.

These are two totally separate Ag industries happening at the same time.
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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That is largely a different topic though. There are two different Ag industries in America right now.

Nationwide the number of farms in America is shrinking. Fewer farms are producing more and more to 'Feed the World'. What is distributed through chain grocery stores or walmart is not from small farms, but it comes from huge mono-crop farms.

In my state, we have more farms each year and more Farmer's Markets start-up each year. These are small farms selling locally. I produce fruit / veggies to a Buyer's Club, being small scale I can select varieties for flavor or long shelf life, etc.

These are two totally separate Ag industries happening at the same time.
oh, I agree, but I am not buying that other countries do not have large commercial farms just like we do and the small ones like you are talking about, like here. Actually our 2 local large grocery stores, one is independent sell produce from our local farms during the season. So does our WalMart, but a product may only be available for a week or two. Like sweet potatoes last fall. I think they were in our market just 2 weeks.
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