Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Farm Aid 2012 Goes Down This September 22nd

In case you hadn't heard, FARM AID 2012 goes down Saturday, September 22nd in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The lineup includes all four main Farm Aid Board Members: WILLIE NELSON, NEIL YOUNG, JOHN MELLENCAMP, and DAVE MATTHEWS. The newcomers are JACK JOHNSON, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
Farm Aid is the longest-running benefit-concert in the country . . . it's been held almost every year since 1985 . . . so we forgive you for wondering if the project has gotten a little bit stale over the years.
But Dave Matthews has a pretty good argument for why it's still vital.  And he owns a farm in Virginia, so he has a little experience when it comes to the topic of food quality and industrial agriculture. He says, quote, "When you're talking about the milk that your kids drink, or the food that they eat, or the land that it's grown on, when you think about those things, then the cheapest way to do something is the most short-sighted way to do something. "If the cheapest way to do something is to produce the worst food for our children, that's obviously not the right thing to do. "The way it's run now is unhealthy, unsustainable, and that's what's destroying the small farmers, the mid-sized farmers. That's the part that is heartbreaking." Farm Aid doesn't just raise awareness . . . they run grant programs and provide resources to struggling farmers. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

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