Tuesday, June 23, 2009

No Farms No Food

Things have been a little busy around here and I've gotten a little behind in my yogurt making.  Last week a purchased a few containers of Stonyfield Farms organic yogurt to get me through the week.  As I was eating lunch I noticed the No Farms No Food campaign on the yogurt lid for the American Farmland Trust.

It's no secret farms are disappearing in our area.  According the the American Farmland Trust web site, Pennsylvania is number six out of twenty states losing it's most prime farmland (Texas is #1, Ohio #2).  As the farms around here disappear, housing developments sprout.  

I am not usually a bumper sticker girl, but I couldn't stop myself from placing one of these on the tail end of my car.  

If you are interested you can get a free sticker here.

11 comments:

heather said...

Thanks for the link. I requested my bumber sticker too.

Camie said...

"The great cities rest upon our broad and fertile prairies. Burn down your cities and leave our farms and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country." ~William Jennings Bryan, 1896~

-thanks for the gentle reminder...

June said...

We recently drove through Pennsylvania and marveled at the beauty of its farms. Farmland disappears in Maine too. People look at me in shock when I express dismay over it. Do they not eat? Thanks for the tip on another way to express dismay...

Michelle said...

I love it...thanks for the link. Haven't we just made such a mess of things? It's all so simple...yet we complicate it more and more. Housing develpments make me angry...we have ENOUGH thank you! People seem to really NOT know where their food comes from. Or...they're content with it being engineered and made in a factory...ick. Knowledge is power...thanks for the tidbit.

dmoms said...

that is one bumper sticker worth putting on your car. (I'm not a bumper sticker fan either) We have so many housing developments in our once farm land - don't get me started!

b&g girl said...

hey there burbs and the bees, thanks for visiting my blog! great post! the farmers field across, where we walk our pooch, from my house will be plowed under this fall, besides growing food it is (was) home to pheasants, grouse, beaver, ducks, hawk and deer, that's only what we saw. soon to be all gone for 'another' strip mall and worse yet another walmart (we currently have 3 others within 10 min drive) because apparently that's what people want. sad.

Sarah: wife, mother, beekeeper said...

Good bumper sticker friend. Thanks for writing this post. Camie and I were talking about it out in the garden :)

gardenmama said...

Thanks for the link, that will certainly find a place on my bumper!
It is such a sad situation small farms are in, the whole situation is completely disgusting and way out of hand. Really too much to write about in a comment.
I appreciate your posting about this!

underthebigbluesky said...

Nothing I hate more than seeing the names of the developments ....acres....woods....farms with the names of the natural beauty that used to be there. We are being inundated with them here on the corner of Maryland/PA so I know what you mean, every time I see the land sale sign, I get so angry I want to buy it all up!

Why it's so important to support the small farmers who are left!!!!!

Flo said...

Here in the UK we're in a similar situation. There's no money in farming anymore and so most young people from farming families are actively encouraged to do something else. We've lost something like 90% of our fruit orchards too since the end of WW2! I think it's great that people in the USA are campaigning to save farming - we ought to do something over here too!

Amy Rice said...

Oh funny. I had never, ever put a bumper sticker on a vehicle I owned and then just last week I picked one of these up at the market and put it on my truck.