Siena Chrisman in Civil Eats does a postmortem on efforts during the Obama Administration to improve the law and policy for small farm operators.
Why believe that Congress and the Executive Administration will provide equitable, reasonable, and environmentally/economically intelligent legal solutions to our social problems when those congresspeople and administrative executives are driven by – and dependent on – large sums of money that can only be provided by aggregated enterprises or aggregating individuals? – and unfortunately too many of them in our current economy are not morally sound.
We live in a post-aggregated economy – the money is highly concentrated. The folks who are in Congress and the Administration (Obama or Trump…or whomever is next) have accepted the monetary system of American politics.
We are almost all money-dependent. The question is about the ethical nature of our financial support system.
This in no way implies that individuals or institutions cannot obtain great wealth in a morally responsible manner. They can.
The issue is the ethical, moral, and religious basis for individual and institutional action.
From a previous post:
Agriculture and food are intellectual gateways to culture.
We are not going to farm well (properly) by legislating morally shallow enterprises.
To continue building a sound culture and agriculture is going to be long and expensive…. and require people of excellent character spreading the good news of healthy food and nutrition.