This is one of the reasons Farm Aid puts on a concert every year to help small farmers stay in business and be able to compete with the Factory farms by offering cleaner, healthier food. Factory farms are why we have so much salmonella — at one time you could actually use raw eggs in making Caesar salad and not worry about disease. Those were the days before chickens were crowded into buildings by the thousands with no sunlight and no room to even move causing stress and illness. All this illness is why factory farmed animals are fed antibiotics and probably why so many antibiotics no longer work on humans. So even if you don’t care about animal cruelty you should understand that factory farms are not the healthiest way to get your food. They are in business for investors and profit is all it is about. Every new factory farm puts a score of family farms out of business, and whereas factory farms generate money for investors that probably don’t even live in the same state, family farms generate money for the local economy. They spend money in their neighbors’ stores and communities.

Plus Farm Aid puts on a really good concert, this year it is on October 4 in St. Louis — you can listen to it online if you can’t get there.

The 2009 Lineup:
Willie Nelson
Neil Young
John Mellencamp
Dave Matthews
Jason Mraz
Jamey Johnson