an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL
I participated in a Youth Government program the other day. They had invited folks from Occupy DuPae and Illinois tea to do a mock protest/rally and to discuss the two movements with the students. I noticed one of the Occupy supporters had a sign promoting “sustainable farming.” Afterwards, I asked her about it. She said that she buys raw milk from an Amish farmer and that big corporate farms are putting them out of business and government needs to save the little farmer.
This got me thinking. Big Farming has large dairies producing a large quantity of milk that is pasteurized bottled, refrigerated and shipped. Due to quantity and automation, they can produce at a lower cost and thus charge a lower price. Supply and demand results in most consumers choosing the lower priced option. However, so long as there are consumers who are willing to drive to the farm and pay a premium price for fresh from the farm milk, the Amish farmer will stay in business. Big corporate farms simply cannot drive them out of business.
Government, however, can regulate the Amish farmer out of business. They can require that all milk be pasteurized. They can require expensive storage and processing machinery. They can require detailed logs and expensive inspections. Government, in an attempt to save the consumers from making bad decisions can take away our options. Government can pick winners and losers.
The Tea Party’s support of “free markets” can save the Amish farmer. Occupy’s request for government intervention is the wrong answer. In fact the word "sustainable" is a UN agenda 21 code word for government control. According to the UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report, items for our everyday lives that are NOT sustainable include: ..., grazing of livestock, ... Now that could have an adverse effect on the Amish farmer.