The Time has Come to Pay Farmers Properly
Being a Farmer is Hard Work! Does farmer pay reflect this?
Farmers use consistent physical and mental energy in caring for their crops. Furthermore, to be a farmer is to surrender to forces that one cannot control. A farmer can do her best to prepare for success. Even still, storms, infestations, crazy neighbors, volatile market conditions and other obstacles beyond control can greatly impact costs and profitability.
In addition, once crops are harvested and sold, buyers will often delay or discount payments, which makes it difficult for farmers to plant their crops for the next season.
The people who grow our food ought to be paid properly—and not just the landowners, all people who work the land.
It’s about time that the prices we pay farmers reflect the value that they bring to society. Just because it’s a profession that “anyone can do” and doesn’t necessarily require a degree from a prestigious university, that doesn’t mean it should be disrespected or uncompensated.
Farmers grow the food we eat.
This should be something we remember at every meal of our lives. Their efforts eventually become our organs, our brains, our cells—our life force. Our children put these products into their bodies. To systematically disrespect and disregard the people who grow our food is to disrespect ourselves.
Society should celebrate the people who dedicate their lives to creating abundance for the rest of us. This celebration doesn’t just come in the form of saying grace at a meal, or making a Facebook post. It comes in the form of paying them really well for their efforts and the products created. This is an excellent step for human evolution.
For thousands of years, our societies around the world have historically mistreated our farmers. This is a mirror. It reflects the deep-rooted sickness of our cultures, and the inability of humanity to properly value and respect themselves.
Producers Market Role in Farmer Pay
Our purpose at Producers Market is to create a new structure that properly compensates farmers. We believe that when society takes care of farmers (especially organic farmers), more people will choose to go into the farming profession. This will lead to more abundance of organic food for everyone.