Editor: In your "Letter of the Day" Mr. S. John Newman suggests large factory farms are a solution to satisfy the ever-increasing consumer demand for affordable food.
Well, I have found a simpler and better solution. For the past 10 or 15 years we have bought our beef and pork from the small family farm of David and Edith Ling. The Lings have made a good living, for many years, by growing high-quality, organic beef and pork and selling directly to the consumer.
There are many plusses to this simple solution. It is environmentally friendly. It is more humane. We get a better product at a price significantly cheaper than supermarket prices. The farmer gets a fair return for his or her labour, and the money stays in our local economy. What could be better?
This solution suggests that we must find a way to connect more and more consumers directly to those who grow the food for us.
Sadly, David Ling has recently passed away — but his farming legacy lives on and I hope, as time heals, Edith Ling will remain active in our farming community.