Arable land, has always been precious, and from an anthropocentric view point, at least until our species began gardening and then farming.
However, farmers and farmworkers have been severely mistreated almost since the beginning of that evolution.
I point to Shay's Rebellion as a relatively recent example.
While I agree with your sentimental statement about work hard, love well (mixing oil and water?) and care for ourselves and others, I would reckon that you are just showing your underbelly and are sufficiently knowledgeable and experienced to understand that we must remain truely Cynical, and that in a way we may be damned if we do and damned if we don't concerning the reality that it might take fighting to overcome.
We all should know and understand that fighting just leads to more fighting and any hope of any race or nation that they are the Master Warriors is wrong, both from a perception and a reality.
Extinction comes from many strategies, and we as Homo Sapiens are on a many pathed linear trajectory towards exactly that. It will take nothing short of a conscious evolution of the whole world of men and women to the evolution of Homa Cooperativo to solve this piece and all the others necessary.
We live in a time when it is possible, unlike any time before, to communicate with each other. My sadness comes from the apparent fact that there is too much diffusion and triviality associated with that ability. Also, to restate the extinction claim, we are living in by far the most precarious time in the history of Man.
Much more than likely, the sins of agriBUSINESS will not yield with a simple loving plea. AgriBUSINESS like all the competitive Capitalist pursuits will probably try to run its course of genocide, ecocide, and suicide. As likely, farmers will wither away as their occupation will become so impossible and so distasteful that no one will enter it.
In Peace, Friendwalkin', Community, Cooperation, and Solidarity,