I have seen a lot on this lately and I thought it would be cool to get some of your thoughts. Reading an older thread about the dangers of silos got me thinking about some things I have come across lately. I was watching PBS's farm show the other day and they had a lady on that went around to farm communities teaching safety, her son was killed when he thought he would ride the corn down in a gravity feed wagon, he was sucked down and suffocated. I am a very cautious person around equipment, but I have never considered this, it makes perfect sense, I had just never thought about it before, because I have never used this type of equipment, (and never plan to!) I have also read some comments by Joel Salatin talking about how much safer the organic pasture based farm was due to less equipment and chemicals, and how much more a child could help with thinks like moving chicken tractors, gathering eggs, moving electric fences, than they could on a more "industrial" farm, making them much more likely to enjoy farming and continue to farm themselves. This really struck a cord with me and made perfect sense, just pushing me further towards a pasture based farm. I don't even plan on having a tractor, some of you may think that is "un-american", but a big reason why I want to farm is so I can work with my children, not put them in danger. (Plus it is cheaper!) What are your thoughts?