We were in Ireland in Feb and it was truly sad to see how that country was in such dire straits...and that was when the Euro was strong. When I came back to the US I wanted to slap people that were whining how bad the economy is here...its not that bad comparatively.
I had a chance to talk to a lot of farmers over there and they are losing their quota/subsidy system which will not bode well for Ireland farmers I am afraid. It will be good for US farmers because we are far less subsidized and thus can begin to compete again...but a lot of small farms there will go under in the deal.
Sad no matter what part of the pond you are on I guess.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"