Monday, August 3, 2009

The Vermont Solution - Part Two - Cut The Cord

The Vermont Solution - Part 2

We are going to set the farmer free in Vermont. Like a patient who's been on life support but still has some fight left in him, if only he would just breathe on his own; we must disconnect the tubes and IV's, masks and sensors and allow the patient to breathe. Breathe little farmers, breathe.

Now the funny thing would be if the farmers didn't want to breathe on their own. I haven't talked to a farmer, haven't been to a dairy farm since I was a kid. But I love Vermont milk. So here's the question to the Vermont Farmer...if you could have things your way and I don't mean snapping your fingers and gold falls from the sky, but if you could have things your way would you opt for government assistance or would you opt for a more do it yourself approach?

I have assumed, both for sanity and from empathy, that a farmer is an entrepreneur, a businessman. Independent by nature, tough, reality based and an individualist believing in himself and his farm. How else could you possibly accomplish all that must be done on a farm without first having proven confidence based on personal experience. I am going to go out on a limb and say the farmer wants to breathe on his own.

What would it look like to allow the Vermont farmer to breath on his own. So tired am I of hearing of this "crisis" or that "threat" and the "need" for "immediate action" to avoid certain "catastrophe". I want to know what the Vermont dairy industry would look like if it was independent. If you have viable (verifiable) information or well thought out hypothesis on this, comment and lets get this party started.

Would the entire dairy industry in Vermont collapse overnight? Would the remaining 1046 farms go out of business in a week? Would Vermont's landscape be immediately bought up by Wal-Mart and Whole Foods? Would there be nary a cow in Vermont fields? Would we all be drinking Milk from Michigan, are we already? I want to know what would happen if we disconnected Vermont farms from government interference, is it possible they could survive and if so what would that look like? If they couldn't survive without cutting the cord, well then doesn't that at least illuminate the level on which Vermont relies on government's scary to think but if Vermont must rely so heavily on government control to provide milk to Vermonters, then we are much worse off than I originally expected.

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