Why worry about the agriculture of the middle?
A white paper by Fred Kirschenmann, Steve Stevenson, Fred Buttel, Tom Lyson and Mike Duffy
Over 80% of farmland in the U.S. is managed by farmers whose operations fall between small-scale direct markets and large, consolidated firms. These farmers are increasingly left out of our food system. If present trends continue, these farms, together with the social and environmental benefits they provide, will likely disappear in the next decade or two. The “public good” that these farms have provided in the form of land stewardship and community social capital will disappear with them.