“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” Joni Mitchell
NPR’s “All Things Considered” editor went to the market to buy grass fed beef . She discovered her store only carried Australian grass fed beef NOT American.
This observation prompted my NPR interview with Dan Charles, Food & Agriculture Correspondent. He wanted to know about foreign grass fed beef vs American grass fed beef. You can listen to our conversation below.
Does it matter if you buy from American family farms?
Alarming statistics show that 2% of our population are farmers. Of those 2% . . . . only 5% live on family farms.
The average farmer is 60 years old. Farm kids are leaving their homesteads for better jobs.
Who replaces local family farmers?
Big Ag and corporations are happy to fill the gap. But can you trust them?
We know from talking with Moms that supermarket “natural or even organic” beef is not the same as our farm’s grass fed beef. Fancy corporate marketing messages are no substitute for artisan products which take time and care.
You see “sustainability” comes down to the simple truth that American family farms need customers voting with their purchases to support our products, farms and the next generation of farmers.
At Rain Crow Ranch, we are very blessed to have our customers provide an income for 75+ rural families (processing facility) and numerous family farms (RCR supply chain) by simply purchasing our products. Because of our customers . . . our children and our neighbors’ children are able to remain in our community to continue to produce these products.
Many family farms are not so lucky and struggle to find customers.
When “paradise is paved” you can’t go back.
College degrees can’t provide the “hands on education” of generations of farmers sharing their wisdom as they face day to day challenges. Our family is passionate about continuing farming traditions in rural communities.
Admittedly you pay more for local farm products. American family farms aren’t assembly lines.
The bottomline . . . . it does matter who you support and trust with your families’ health.
Support trustworthy American farmers. You will help families raise the next generation of farmers for true “sustainability.”