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This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue threw small and mid-sized unbiased household farmers underneath the bus when he mentioned:

“In America, the large get larger and the small exit. I don’t assume in America we, for any small enterprise, we have now a assured earnings or assured profitability.”

But we certain as heck do have assured earnings and assured profitability for Massive Ag and Massive Meals and Massive Farms—within the type of billions of {dollars} in subsidies for the wealthiest farmers whose GMO monocultures degrade our soil, pollute our waterways and supply contaminated elements for junk meals.

Who doesn’t Perdue and his U.S. Division of Agriculture need to assist? Farmers like Phillip and Dorathy Barker, who farmed for 40 years in North Carolina.

On this video, Phillip Barker says:

“Forty years. We’ve been in dairy for 40 years. Not all people desires to be huge, huge, huge . . . We tried to promote into faculty techniques, however we couldn’t due to the way in which the system is locked in.”

The “system” Barker refers to is the institutional meals system dominated by three large companies—Aramark, Compass Group and Sodexo—which locks out unbiased farmers just like the Barkers in favor of unique relationships with Massive Meals firms like Tyson (the No.1 water polluter within the U.S.), Cargill (just lately dubbed the worst firm on this planet) and Coca-Cola.

And naturally, whether or not it’s right here within the states like North Carolina, or wherever else on this planet, farmers of colour are those hit first and worst by the harmful enterprise practices of Massive Ag and Massive Meals.

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Katherine Paul is affiliate director of the Natural Customers Affiliation (OCA). To maintain up with OCA information and alerts, join our publication.