Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thank a Farmer

How much do you know about the food you’re putting in your refrigerator? Where did it come from? How was it grown? How many hours of back breaking work does it represent?  What would you do if it weren’t available?

Every single day, the farmers and ranchers responsible for putting food on your table face an increasing set of obstacles. Not only do they have to worry about the rising cost of livestock and food production, they’re also faced with contentious consumers, inconsistent weather, animal rights organization, financial strain, celebrities with big mouths and little sense, and a million other things that make life difficult.

The thing that no one ever thinks about is what would happen if the farmer/ranchers suddenly did the obvious thing, if they finally said they’d had it with all the problems and threw in the towel and stopped farming. How you would you feed your family?

The next time you want to complain about the tractor that’s slowing your commute, or the fact that the food prices have gone up a little, you should curb the urge and find seek out a member of the agriculture world and thank them for all their hard work and perseverance. Your gratitude could be what inspires them to keep working and making sure you get enough to eat.

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