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Sunday, June 30, 2013


Randy Reid

My mother is from a long line of family farmers and I spent lots of time on her family farm as a child (like traveling back in time to the 1930's). It was nothing like this. Family farms are still abundant in Minnesota, but they are becoming less common as generations change over, sell their farms to larger operations, and things become more "efficient".

I agree with you that the factory approach, devoid of anything natural, is upsetting to see. I'll confess that we don't really go out of our way to target family farms to support, but then again, we don't eat a lot of meat either (we do drink LOTS of milk, however).

I have a good friend who is a vegan (and probably the healthiest person I know). Every time she comes to visit I spend a little time contemplating the virtues of living that way myself. I could do vegetarian easily enough, but vegan would be a big step. I like cheese and butter - and milk chocolate. But if I had to, I could manage, and I would probably live longer, too.

It's definitely an important conversation to have with the children.

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