Despite the best efforts of Ceausescu to throw them off the land and the draw of new markets and employment opportunities since, around 30% of Romania\’s 19 million population continues to live off their subsistence and semi-subsistence farms. However, both Romanian government and policy makers in Brussels refuse to acknowledge that these are the people who prop up the Romanian economy, keep the culture alive and the environment diverse.
30% of the sodding population are still medieval peasants. And this is good, something that must be maintained.
The thing that always gets forgotten here is that incomes can only be within the boundary of labour productivity. Thus the income of a peasant must and can only be some fraction of the productivity of the peasant lifestyle. Ie, pretty much fuck all.
Which is to say that the problem with peasant style farming is that people have to live as peasants.