Re: Sustainability, Year round production, and marketing
Greg & Lei Gunthorp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 12 Jun 1998 09:29:05 -0500
Thanks for the comments.
I too would like to hear some comments on this apparent conflict between
that is most sustainable in terms of compliance with nature versus year
round production. The differences between confinement and pasture come to
mind in hogs. The difference between confinement and grass based dairies,
and free range versus confinement chickens. And then how do people deal
with this issue in vegetables? Green houses versus none. Plastic covers,
etc. Are these all adding more to food production sustainablity than the
storage(canning/freezing,powder milk, cheese,etc) would with only seasonal
production? Is vegetable marketing complicated because of loss of market to
competitors during off season?
I did want to clarify one point. I didn't want to stay small, depending
on your definition
of small. I want to farrow 1500 pigs a year instead of 1000. Being in sync
the seasons would allow at least 2-3 times the production with less labor
current twice a year farrowing system.(I'll still be one of the smallest
full time hog farmers in the US)
And I don't believe we would have to change our lifestyle. We are
extremely low cost producers. Its basically a question of should I pursue
an alternative market that either requires a lower quality of life or the
need for employees.
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