Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Awesome 5-Minute Video Urges Young People to Start a Farming Revolution

Food
Awesome 5-Minute Video Urges Young People to Start a Farming Revolution

"Sometimes, you think 'oh everyone is getting into farming, it's the cool thing to do now.' But actually that's not true at all. No one's getting into farming," says one of the young farmers in the video below. Despite how trendy eating locally has become and despite the rise in the number of farmers' markets, Community Supported Agriculture and urban farming projects, the number of young people in agriculture remains incredibly low.

There are simply not enough young people in agriculture to replace an aging workforce that will soon retire. The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 58 years old. There are now six times more farmers 65 and older than there are farmers 34 and under, according to one study.

"Today, the nation's farmers are 17 years older than the average American worker, with the ranks of farmers who are 75 years and up outnumbering those in their prime working years of 35 to 44," says National Geographic. However, there are many organizations, such as the National Young Farmers Coalition, who are working to change that.

Spencer MacDonald and Eva Verbeeck are among those helping to highlight the stories of young people taking the bold leap into the field of agriculture (pun intended). MacDonald and Verbeeck took a road trip through the Pacific Northwest—from Portland to British Columbia—to produce a short film on young farmers. They worked for the farms they visited in exchange for room and board. The film, says MacDonald, "is an attempt to express some of the thoughts and feelings of the young farmers that we stayed with."

Check out the awesome five minute video here:

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Monsanto Slammed With Yet Another PCB Contamination Lawsuit as Company Profits Slump

What’s Going on in Antarctica? Is the Ice Melting or Growing?

Monsanto Handed ‘Double Whammy’ by Mexican Courts Over Planting GMOs

4 More Bizarre Ben Carson Stories Emerge

Eat Just's cell-based chicken nugget is now served at Singapore restaurant 1880. Eat Just, Inc.

At a time of impending global food scarcity, cell-based meats and seafood have been heralded as the future of food.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

New Zealand sea lions are an endangered species and one of the rarest species of sea lions in the world. Art Wolfe / Photodisc / Getty Images

One city in New Zealand knows what its priorities are.

Dunedin, the second largest city on New Zealand's South Island, has closed a popular road to protect a mother sea lion and her pup, The Guardian reported.

Read More Show Less

Trending


piyaset / iStock / Getty Images Plus

In an alarming new study, scientists found that climate change is already harming children's diets.

Read More Show Less
Wildfires within the Arctic Circle in Alaska on June 4, 2020. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data processed by Pierre Markuse. CC BY 2.0

By Jeff Masters, Ph.D.

Earth had its second-warmest year on record in 2020, just 0.02 degrees Celsius (0.04°F) behind the record set in 2016, and 0.98 degrees Celsius (1.76°F) above the 20th-century average, NOAA reported January 14.

Read More Show Less

In December of 1924, the heads of all the major lightbulb manufacturers across the world met in Geneva to concoct a sinister plan. Their talks outlined limits on how long all of their lightbulbs would last. The idea is that if their bulbs failed quickly customers would have to buy more of their product. In this video, we're going to unpack this idea of purposefully creating inferior products to drive sales, a symptom of late-stage capitalism that has since been coined planned obsolescence. And as we'll see, this obsolescence can have drastic consequences on our wallets, waste streams, and even our climate.

Read More Show Less