Today’s read is serious stuff, about a topic I rarely, if ever, blog about: farming.
It was inspired by Wisconsin news from earlier this week:
According to the state’s agriculture department, there were 8,110 herds milking in Wisconsin during the first week of January. That’s a drop of 691 since the same time a year earlier.
Why is this important and eye-opening? Because agriculture is extremely important economically to Wisconsin.
Today’s read is from Jim Huntzinger, the President and Founder of Lean Frontiers, Inc., which develops knowledge and learning communities on the Lean Enterprise for business and industry.
Huntzinger has a very interesting take on the current state of farming.
We are so prosperous that we eat too much as an entire nation. Obesity is a problem among our poor. Understand that statement – obesity is a problem among our poor. When in the history of the world has obesity been an issue for the poor? Never until the prosperity of the Shining City. For the first time, a paradox exists between the poor and provisions – the poor of the United States are overfed.
The American agricultural industry has achieved productivity improvements at a scale unprecedented in the history of civilization. While the storyline goes as such; the America family farmer continues to decrease in number. This is because the American family farmer is a productivity machine. Simply put – not as many are needed to produce food products for more people at less cost..
There’s more and you can read it all here.
When will a WI media outlet examine this particular issue and perspective?
Don’t hold your breath.