David Cronin loves writing about the minutiae of the EU\’s decision making. So much so that he never actually lifts his eyes to look at the larger picture:
The trend whereby small farmers are squeezed out of business can be traced back to 1992.
He fails to understand that this is a good thing.
It\’s not all that many hundreds of years ago that 90% of the population scraped away in the fields to try and feed 100% of the population. And as the stories of hunger and of famine from those times remind us, 100% of the population being fed was not what was actually achieved.
These days around 2% of the population do the farming and while we may not all eat properly, there\’s certainly no shortage of food for the 100% of us. It is exactly this, the increasing productivity of agriculture, which has led to small farmers going out of business and food prices collapsing: meaning that 88% of us can now do all these things which make up civilisation. You know, music, books, libraries, science, trains, the NHS and all that.
Food prices falling and farmers going bust is a *good* thing, not a bad one.
Remember, the purpose of all production is consumption: are the consumers here getting a good and getting better deal? Yup, so we\’re on the right track then.