Two weeks ago I posted on social media a photo of an antique tractor next to a modern machine. In my post I referenced the advancements we’ve made since the antique tractor worked the land — 7 times increase in per acre yield, less natural resource consumption per calorie produced, environmental advancements, etc… Then, as often happens on social media, the detractors began commenting. This post brought out the nostalgia for simpler times back when small farms could compete and farming was easier and more profitable. The only problem with these comments of course is that they’re completely inaccurate. In this episode I debunk revisionist Ag history. The good old days weren’t always good.
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