|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on November 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM|
I’ve been thinking with all the recent posts and comments about farming and thought I needed to reminded people to mind their manners and respect each other. Since when did teaching people about what you do (on the farm) turn into such a battle. Farmers who want to share with the consumer what actually happens seem to be on the defensive more and more. Whether it’s a blog on why a farmer uses GMO’s or why another thinks there are benefits to using certain feed additives, there ends up being so many negative and hateful comments.
Farmers who want to teach and educate are being attacked … it’s almost like a new form of racism. It’s as if farmers are the new black, jewish, women and gays, etc. of the past who were trying to give their group a voice! The attacks can be very personal. So many comments are targeted directly at farmers morals and values. What happened to understanding and respect?
Let’s remember that that pasture isn’t better than confinement, small scale isn’t better than large scale, GMO’s aren’t better than non-GMO’s, grain fed isn’t better than grass-fed, vegetarianism isn’t better than meat, wheat isn’t better than gluten free … and all vise versa. One way is not better or worse … THEY ARE JUST DIFFERENT WAYS OF DOING THINGS. Each farm and farmer has their own unique way of running their operation. Location, crops, environment, animals, people, markets, etc. all have an impact on what farmers chose to do and why. In the end they do it because they love it … and they have a passion for making quality food for consumers. It’s time to stop attacking and just listen and learn.
Thank you to all who write the blogs to educate, do the research to prove what they do on their farms is for the best interest of their operation and to those who fight back! We need to stand strong and keep educating the consumer.