#4: An Effort in Mapping My Thoughts

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Aidan Lodge

2 Responses to “#4: An Effort in Mapping My Thoughts

  • Good map and good framing questions. A couple of thoughts: If you look at the statistics in dairy, VT has had a sharp drop in farms — yet milk production has remained about the same. Why? Breeding, efficiency, grains. Yet dairy is still a marginal business in many ways. Organic, small raw-milk sellers, butter, cheese products have fostered another data trend in VT: there are a lot more farms now than 10 years ago. They just aren’t “big” dairy operations and by big, I mean VT big which is small everywhere else, except for a few arms down in Addison County.

    When you look at your map, where do you see the stories?

    Let me know if I can help.

  • I’m posting this on behalf of Shel Sax:

    Hi Aidan,
    I very much like your mind map. As Geoff notes, you’ve
    framed your questions well and hopefully, in a way that assists you in thinking about these issues. You might want to investigate the data to see how the trends in dairy farming in VT have changed. There are fewer farms, as Geoff points out, and more small
    farms. I interpret this to mean that there must have been some consolidation of small farms into larger enterprises, if production has remained relatively constant. Understanding these data will help you figure out for whom and how the benefits of agricultural
    policy are distributed, and the costs. Often, increased regulatory costs impact the small farming enterprise much more adversely than big ones.

    I’d suggest checking out a book that was written in the
    1970’s by E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful,
    which critiques and makes recommendations on some of the issues you’re pondering. Definitely relevant for Vermont. You can read about it and get an overview here:

    Cheers, Shel

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