The Urgent Demand For Collective Farming

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The growing popularity of farmers’ markets and organic produce are evidence of a recent shift in public thinking over our nation’s food production.

Although only wealthy progressives like Gwyneth Paltrow are able to afford such produce, the fact remains that we are more interested than ever in where our food comes from. We want to know exactly how crops are grown, whether genetically modified food is safe and sustainable, and whether chickens prefer to spend their days wandering outdoors in the cold rather than nestling in cosy battery cages with 10,000 of their nearest and dearest.

With access to antibiotics and the sharing of body warmth with their neighbours, the modern chicken has an enviable lifestyle

At the same time, it is also true that the global human population is expanding rapidly. As of late 2016, there were 7.4 billion of us. On current projections, there will be an additional 4 billion mouths to feed in 2100. World leaders rightly worry that it may not be possible to produce enough food to sustain humanity. One mooted suggestion is to cull around 7 billion humans so as to fall in line with the recommendation of the Georgia Guidestones. Since this proposal has proved largely unpopular so far, we are forced to cast the net deeper for alternative ideas.

With both a burgeoning interest in food production, and the need to produce more, it seems to us that collective farming offers a solution that will suit (almost) everyone. In general, collective farming is a cooperative association of farmers who work land owned by the state but who own most of their own farm implements. At the moment, too many farms are owned by private individuals and families; however, this is neither the most efficient nor politically-desirable structure. As most mainstream economics experts state, the greatest efficiencies and economies are derived when resources are shared, the land given up to the state and production planned centrally. Collective farming is a model that has been applied almost worldwide from diverse countries such as China, the Soviet Union and Israel. By working the land together, people cooperate naturally and form the strongest of binds.

Given the obvious advantages of collective farming, it is surprising to find a number of critics. As might be expected, most criticism comes from greedy private landowners. These individuals argue that they will personally gain nothing from giving up their land to the state, and lose everything. This is clearly a selfish argument as it fails to consider the collective gain and centers only on private wealth. Another type of criticism is less straight-forward to deal with as we explain below.

Some historians claim that collective farming has a chequered past and suggest, for example, that Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin was less than entirely successful in implementing his vision. Others point to Chairman Mao’s alleged failure to derive maximum benefits from collective farming.

Stalin and famous collective farmers Demchenko and Angelina at the X Congress of the Young Communist League. Stalin’s heart was in the right place despite the high attrition rate

In our view, whilst there was some level of attrition during the leaderships of Stalin and Mao, these are historical accidents where the exception proves the rule that collective farming is the natural way of producing food. Science and technology have evolved hugely since the earlier collectivization experiments were conducted. Crucially, the existence of large merged corporations such as Bayer-Monsanto means that the state has important allies in its efforts to return people successfully to the land with only minimal attrition rates.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Great article. Thanks for the pictures. I never realized how lucky and happy modern chickens are.

Additional thought: Hippies made a lot of communes in the USA in the 60’s & 70’s. Perhaps we can learn from old hippies and repeat their success.

Pbier
Pbier

The criticism about chicken rearing methods is bizarre. Imagine living life without any diseases just like these chickens – who wouldn’t want that? Also, people mistakenly assume chickens hate to live in cramped conditions but if you ever visit a chicken farm all you will hear are happy clucking sounds of contented birds.

MillionDollarBonus

Critics often claim that antibiotics in food kill of your gut flora, but these are the same people who complain about mercury in the vaccines. They are not to be taken seriously.

Pbier
Pbier

Yes. They will reject the mercury and yet happily ingest gallons of colloidal silver. This is metalism at its worst.

MillionDollarBonus

Yes, and I see that Alex Jones is now telling his followers to ingest iodine, which is something you’d normally find in a chemistry lab! These people are insane!

Pbier
Pbier

Iodine? It sounds like the kind of backstreet chemical a loser Trump supporter would get high on. Mercury on the other hand is suggestive of planetary harmony.

MillionDollarBonus

The accredited media has already reported that mercury is associated with better mental performance and other health benefits.

Pbier
Pbier

For maximum benefits, take mercury supplements together with flouridated water. Fluoride is a medical marvel: http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation/5-reasons-why-fluoride-in-water-is-good-for-communities

MillionDollarBonus

Agreed. These two nutrients work synergistically to deliver marvelous health benefits. Experts believe that the increased consumption of these two nutrients is probably responsible for the increased life spans we all enjoy today.

Pbier
Pbier

Accredited studies have also shown a strong correlation between ingesting mercury and fluoride and voting for progressive candidates so it’s all good

Reforming
Reforming

I just bought a bottle of Mercury Detox supplements for 34.90 through Natural Health Concept and a bottle of Florical Calcium Fluoride Supplements for 12.62 through shop.com.

I am going to try them out

MillionDollarBonus

Unfortunately the hippies eventually sold out and started buying their food from Walmart. I’m all for GMO factory farmed food to solve world hunger, but Walmart is known to be a corrupt and evil corporation in progressive circles.

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

I didn’t know that about the hippies! I only knew the half of the story that they and Walmart wanted me to know. But then I used to believe Tyler Durden, too.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter

If it’s collective, I support it. It would be so fun to live on a vegan collective farm. And nutritious.

Pbier
Pbier

Yep, it would be one big happy vegan family. Some people of color might have nasty flashbacks of picking cotton but it will be much better than that

MillionDollarBonus

Unfortunately white privilege is a great barrier to people of color starting collective farms, as currently most of these communities are white from what I’ve seen. In fact, most farmers seem to be white in America – white privilege in farming needs to be ended ASAP to improve food production. Just look how well it worked in Zimbabwe – they’re now on the path to total equality in farming.

Reforming
Reforming

We can start one I have 7, 250 savings I would pitch in. Let me know if you are interested.

MillionDollarBonus

This is such an important issue. The central control of agriculture is one of the cornerstones of progress, and probably the greatest success of the Soviet Union and Maoist China. Yes, as you say, these great experiments produced some casualties. But only a fool would overlook the positive aspects of these farming programs and only focus on the inevitable hiccups that arise when implementing a new system. Centrally controlled food production is the key to solving world hunger and improving nutrition worldwide. As we can see, the rise of modern processed food has massively improved human health in first world and developing nations. Let’s continue down this path and provide cheap, high quality GMO food to the entire world through efficient state enterprises.

Pbier
Pbier

I’d like to see Gwyneth Paltrow take responsibility for all food production, under the overall supervision of the United Nations of course. As a working mother and advocate of healthy living, she has an attuned sense of what fuel we need as a nation to stay productive, happy and healthy.

MillionDollarBonus

Good idea. Might I also suggest that Michelle Obama is amply qualified for the position after her wildly successful healthy eating program. You can tell by the width of her shoulders how much she knows about nutrition and fitness.

Pbier
Pbier

So right, when anyone mentions fitness and nutrition, I automatically think of Michelle Obama. She has definitely been on an eating programme.

richandrenee

Chickens wouldn’t lay eggs if they weren’t happy!

Sugarlock
Sugarlock

Everybody looks so happy in the picture of the collective farm. I can almost see myself there now. Thanks for the picture!!

le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)
le-tard (French) = The-Late (English)

I would like to start a collective farm but I would not have chickens because I am trying to live a life of a vegan. I would feel better if we had collective farms knowing we won’t use dangerous chemicals that harms the environment or us.

I live in the West coast and truly wish to have a collective farm I can pitch in all my savings of 7,520. If you are interested in collective farming let me know

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

You guys crack me up!

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Lead pic of collective ooo inspiring, will frame copy for my best cabin wall the one that looks East. Top accredited article Pbier, spot on comments.
Accredited Times a haven of inspiration and guidance for all of us!

Pbier
Pbier

Great to hear you are joining the collective farming movement. We have an urgent need for a muck spreading assistant engineer in North Korea, so I can sign you up today.

pedrofalls
pedrofalls

This collective farming is a very complex issue and above my pay grade. However collecting farmers reminds me of a time gone past when I was approached by a dear friend to aid in saving the whales, but when I inquired into how much it would cost to buy the whole set, my question was met with a dumb blank stare.
And that is why when I do not have a full grasp of a topic I never comment.

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