Agriculture as a stable, prosperous way of life is practically extinct. It doesn’t need to be. We have the power within our consuming choices to make a remarkable difference. Although the small family farm is being squeezed out by massive consolidation in industry and by bloated and counterproductive bureaucracy, it is ultimately the consumer who chooses. While “Big” seems to define every aspect of our modern society, “Small” is still alive and well; it just needs our attention. I ask people to rediscover their agrarian roots, “find their land,” even if only in a windowbox tomato-plant. If millions of Americans do this, we can rebuild an agricultural root structure that will prevent the erosion of some of our most cherished American values.
Our national treasures are too important to hang on the whims of political funding decisions.
Eastern states demonstrate innovative state land policies that provide lessons for federal land management.
The plan could empower environmentalists and states to prove that development can be good for both people and the environment.