Large farms growing exclusively commodity crops like corn, wheat, and soy often receive subsidies and other financial supports from the government that small farmers growing “specialty” crops don’t qualify for. (Modern Farmer)
In a 2017 survey, 61% of beginning farmers reported that their biggest challenge was access to land. They’re often forced to lease because they can’t find affordable land to buy or can’t earn enough income from farming to support a purchase. Student debt also limits loans for land. (Successful Farming, National Young Farmer Coalition)
When the only accessible, affordable food options are of poor nutritional value, health suffers.
Food insecurity means lacking access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. (Feeding America)
Obesity is a condition that also increases the risk of other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. (The State of Obesity)