October 4, 2009

Farm Aid focusing on ‘good food’ effort

Organizers of Farm Aid say they are trying to use the benefit concert to promote the use of good food produced by U.S. independent farmers.

Farm Aid associate director Glenda Yoder said the concert event taking place in St. Louis on Sunday is intended to support family farms rather than factory farming and corporate consolidation, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

As the good food movement was emerging, we began to see that we could show people that family farmers are the people who provide that food, Yoder said. We could bring attention to farms.

Rhonda Perry of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center agreed that unless an ongoing trend toward less midsized farming operations can be reversed, independent farmers are facing an uncertain future.

Big companies will expand, while independents go out of business, Perry told the Post-Dispatch.

Farm Aid, which is set to take place at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis Sunday, was founded in 1985 and the inaugural concert raised nearly $7 million for independent farm assistance.