Another author points out that whether we like it or not that we are going to have to get used to it because a food system that is solely is based on cheap oil, surplus water, and stable climate is no way sustainable. Article #7: “Agri-Intellectual Reason (A response to Blake Hurst)” Q&A
1.) What does the author mean by “conventional farmer’s who are trapped in a kind of Stockholm Syndrome relationship with the industrial food system”? Please explain what the Stockholm Syndrome is and how it applies to farmers. Be detailed in your response. When the author states that conventional farmers are trapped in kind of Stockholm syndrome, he is talking about how the farmers are stuck in this trap that is ruled by the monopoly food corporations. The farmers have the whole necessities that are needed to be successful in the farming industry but they are trapped because these food corporations are able to purchase the land that they need and then make them work under their conditions. The Stockholm syndrome is the feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage taking by a victim toward a captor. The farmers are trapped in this loophole but seem to appreciate the food corporations because of the big payout. 2.) How does the author propose we help small farmers escape the industrial food system? Discuss all the points brought up by the author. The author states that small farmers need to start trying escape the industrial food system if they want this whole dilemma to end. He states that they need to “bet” their farm. They need to bet everything that includes oil intensive and water intensive. Right now that is all controlled by the global corporations but if they bet their farms then the author believes they can gain it back.
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