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"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rolled out a package of proposals on Wednesday designed to boost the fortunes of America’s small farmers, instead of the agribusiness giants who increasingly control the sector."

#SheHasAPlan, & this is a thread. 1/
I want to preface this with the fact that I'm new to and learning about our current farming and food system. But I was in the military and I worked in healthcare. A lot of the same problems of monopolization and corporate greed were evident in those systems too. 2/
Consider this: the cost of living has gone UP in just about every area of life: housing, healthcare, childcare, education, transportation.

But not food... Why is that? 3/
There's a real basic idea my friend & colleague @jrupprecht_mn likes to say: We can have more farms OR bigger farms. We can't have both, because math. If farms get bigger, other smaller farms disappear.

Anti-trust should prevent this, but it doesn't. 3/
Right now, anti-trust application allows mega agribusinesses to monopolize markets by offering "benefit" (lower prices) to consumers. Big agribusiness isn't going to lose out on profit, of course, so instead producers (FARMERS) get the squeeze. 4/
Eventually, unable to compete with the insanely low prices of a dirt cheap food market, farmers sell their farms.

They often sell to bigger farms looking to expand even further, giving big agribusiness even more control over the market. And again and again in a vicious cycle. 5/
The monopolization of big agribusiness and corporate greed is killing our farm, forcing farmers off the land & out of business because making food doesn't make a living anymore. 6/
We're seeing less and less farms and farmers, while big agribusinesses get bigger. Did you know Minnesota is losing dairy farms at a rate of about one per day? Or that the net income of farmers last year averaged at just $26,000 (down 8%)? 7/

Farmers are the backbone of rural communities. I've met several farmers in my work. They build and sustain local rural economies. They are essential in making rural life livable and enjoyable. They grow delicious and nutritious food. They're disappearing. 8/
The average age of a Minnesota farmer is nearing 60. There are exceptions, but generally young people aren't chosing farming because it isn't possible to make a living in our current food and farming system. 9/

Also, farmers care for and protect the land, air, and water. (Why should big ag care about the land? They're here for one thing: profit.)

If we want a shot at reversing climate change, we're going to need LOTS of farmers on the land, implementing sustainability practices. 10/
Did you forget this was a thread about @ewarren?

It's incredible how clear her analysis is around the devastating impacts of corporate greed and consolidation really are. It's a common vein in her campaign thus far: in healthcare, childcare, education, agriculture... 11/
Warren gets it. She's thoughtful and fierce in her approach to these problems. She put up a billboard in Silicon Valley vowing to break up big tech.... Yeah, that really happened. 12/
I'm here for farmers & rural people revitalizing their communities, recovering from what big agribusiness is doing to them--what we ALLOWED to happen by ignoring the problem for so long.

Not anymore more. That's why this rural-loving urbanite is with #Warren2020 #BreakEmUp 13/13
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