1. The exodus of small farmers from the countryside transforms the quality of rural community life. Where there is a preponderance of large-scale farming operations, rural communities lose many of the features which support a full community life, including small businesses, social amenities, civic organizations, and democratic institutions. A diminution of rural culture results.
2. We have learned to dismiss rural life as a relic of the past, and in so doing have made it easier to justify the sprawl now girdling every city.