I have been scouring Craigslist daily for used egg sorting equipment. Today, I hit on this ad for a job opening in a Colorado egg-packing plant. I thought it was interesting, because it highlights another difference between our small-scale farming system and large-scale industrial farming not just for the animals, not just for the land, not just for the food itself and the health of the consumer, but for the farm worker.
There is a trade-off between efficiency on the one hand and all the benefits of small-scale farming on the other. Perhaps there is a sweet spot where the need for efficiency and the benefits of small-scale are perfectly balanced. As we grow, we too are searching (daily) for ways to be more efficient. This ad is a sobering reminder that we have to keep a constant watch to make sure we don’t get on the wrong side of that sweet spot.