Why Sustainable Family Farms are Critical


Why Sustainable Family Farms are Critical

to the Future of the World[i]

John Ikerd[ii]

I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this particular conference at this particular point in time – a time that our new President Barak Obama described in his inaugural address as a time of “gathering clouds and raging storms.” At such times, he said, America has carried on not because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because “We the People have remained faithful to the ideas of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.” As he suggested, “the time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history.” Not return to our darker history of racial annihilation, slavery, and global imperialism, but to our better history of compassion, equality, and mutual respect.  We must find the courage “to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on…

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