Mr. Fitchette’s most recent post uses “sustainable” differently than I do, but that’s fine. I want to make a different point.
The argument that ‘Farming cannot continue to exist if society forces us to internalize our externalities’ is not an argument in favor of farming. It is an argument against farming. What these farmers are saying here:
this brings me to the recent passage of a bill that eliminates the exemptions to overtime rules for farm workers. Farm groups called this the “death nail” for agriculture. …
Immediately after the bill was passed in Sacramento a couple dairy producers I know took to social media to say “that’s it!” They’re done.
means: our business model depends on people who are in general poorer than landowning farmers donating part of their labor to the business.
That is bullshit. I am very proud of California for eliminating the farmworker exemption.