Small Farms and Big Businesses
Rural farming communities are threatened by new technologies and economies of larger scale that have taken over the agricultural industry. Family farms were traditionally tied to the good of their communities and vital to our economy and well-being. Not only do small farms support strong family life and create more jobs in the work place for rural communities, but they also protect natural resources and the environment.
. “There is a great variety of small- scale food production systems which feed the greater part of the world’s peoples, using a modest amount of land and producing less waste” (Laudato Si’, 129).
Today, rural farming communities are quickly turning into ghost towns and Americans are losing jobs from the rise of modern farming.
WashingtonPost. “Meet the Rural Americans Who Fear They're Being Forgotten.” YouTube, YouTube, 22 June 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAWwkzoOKgY.
“Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment” (Laudaato Si' 128).