[ExI] Why farmers? was more deaths

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 18 01:24:19 UTC 2020

90% of farms in the US are corporate.  About 5% single family farms.  So I
wonder what the people who are blessed with farming genes are doing

My grandfather inherited 10K acres of flat central Louisiana farm land, had
two wives and eight children and I wound up with nothing.

The cousin who lives there watches the farm being farmed. A corporation
comes in, plants, comes back and poisons, comes back and harvests and hauls
it off.  He spends no time farming.  This is not atypical.

bill w

On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 6:56 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Will Steinberg <steinberg.will at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Why don't the coastal elites move to Kansas and become farmers?
> > Because it sucks.  Those votes are the prize for being farm slaves for
> the
> entire country.  Not worth it in my opinion, and most people I know agree.
> This can be understood from evolution.  For the last 12,000 years or
> so, most of our ancestors were farmers--mine were up to a couple of
> generations ago.  That's enough time for selection to have acted on
> genes for whatever psychological traits are important for being a
> successful farmer.
> There are a fair number of such psychological traits.  I can't name
> all of them, but I remember reading about some people who did not have
> the genetic (and cultural) background for being a farmer.  Even
> *given* a working farm, it was beyond them.  They could not grok that
> cows have to be milked twice a day.
> The people who are farmers in the current world are the result of
> 12,000 years of selection.  They are highly self-motivated and *like*
> farming.  That's fortunate for us who live in cities and like that.
> Keith
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