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For a research paper that is due in my English class, I need to write about how globalization has affected my chosen career.  Given that my chosen "career" (lifestyle is a better word) is a farmer, I have been looking at topics related to globalization and small farms.  The information available is overwhelming, to say the least, and I'm having difficulty narrowing down the topic.

As part of my research, I purchased the book, The Locavore's Dilemma in Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, by Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu.  This book was written in contrast to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma:: A Natural History of Four Meals.  I've only read about 50 pages
of The Locavore's Dilemma because passages like: "Despite its appeal, the locavores' well-meaning longings for direct relationships [with their farmer] will prove inherently expensive and wasteful "emphasis added" - and, as such, unlikely to promote the creation of much social capital." really get my ire up and I have to put the book down in disgust.

I recognize that buying food from local farmers is often more expensive than buying from the local big box store, but if people had to pay more for food, do you think there would be as much food waste as there is in the United States? Americans spend less on their food than any other country in the World and we throw away almost half of what we buy!  Is there something wrong with that picture?

Besides this little bit of a rant, the intention of this newsletter is to thank each and every one of you who has purchased our products and by doing so, help us to continue to do something that we love and feel very strongly about.  You cannot raise animals or vegetables right cheap (not good grammar, I know).  Animals and vegetables raised inappropriately (in an industrialized manner) or food that has traveled hundreds or thousands of miles is not as nutritionally dense nor is it likely to taste as good as food that you can purchase from local farmers raising their products in a sustainable manner. 

We plan to be at the Charlotte Farmer's Market this Saturday, but may have to use a row boat to get there, not to mention having to do our morning chores in the dark, in rain suits and hip boots.  We have a little bit of our grass-fed and finished goat meat left (we will have more in a few weeks), eggs from pastured ducks fed no corn or soy, pasture-raised whole chickens who were fed locally-grown, non-GMO, pesticide and herbicide-free grain as well as eggs from pastured hens fed the same type of feed. We will also have grass-fed and finished beef. 

We hope to see you either at the markets or on the farm.  Thank you for your continued patronage and support.  We very much appreciate it.

Michelle and Wally
Spellcast Farm
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