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Small-Scale Farmers Creating a New Profit Model – NYTimes.com August 7, 2012

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“The future is local,” said Narendra Varma, 43, a former manager at Microsoft who invested $2 million of his own money last year in a 58-acre project of small plots and new-farmer training near Portland, Ore. The first four farmers arrived this spring alongside Mr. Varma and his family, aiming to create an economy of scale — tiny players banded in collective organic clout. He had to interrupt a telephone interview to move some goats.

Economists and agriculture experts say the “slow money” movement that inspired Mr. Varma, a way of channeling money into small-scale and organic food operations, along with the aging of the farmer population and steep barriers for young farmers who cannot afford the land for traditional rural agriculture, are only part of the new mix.

via Small-Scale Farmers Creating a New Profit Model – NYTimes.com.

 

<<Sandy’s Note: Landless farmers and diminishing financial returns are part of a distopian future of corporate tractors treading deadly GM spears on kevlar tires.>>

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