Many in food production take the hard knocks for becoming family corporations with million dollar assets. Some activists, such as the Environmental Working Group, have even gone so far to list farm subsidies so everyone can see the millions brought in by today’s “rich farmers.” There’s no list of input costs, equipment prices, explanation of how those assets aren’t liquid, or the distribution of dollars between the farm gate and food plate. Yet, we frequently read “the greedy corporate farmers making millions.” (more…)
January 15, 2009
November 26, 2008
How much do you know about where the food on your Thanksgiving table comes from? This is a great time to consider those who produce the food on our overflowing plates, particularly in a year that has seen food prices increase 6% according to the Economic Research Service.
Celebrating a productive harvest was at the center of the table on the first Thanksgiving. While that tradition has changed with 98.5% of Americans not in food production, farmers should be appreciated as they protect our national security by putting food on plates not only at Thanksgiving – but every meal each day. Marketing misinformation has likely made you more familiar in with genes gone wild, organics, farm animal mistreatment and multi-million dollar activist organizations than with the hard-working people who provide you with the potatoes, turkeys and corn. (more…)
April 22, 2008
If you want a dose of reality about the environmental push against food production, look no further Greenpeace’s ranting at http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/green-living-guide/on-your-plate. They also have an extensive report available targeting agriculture’s role in greenhouse emissions in Europe. As I review this and other reports of how modern day farming is poisoning the land in mass media, I always have to pause to consider how we can do a better job in explaining agriculture’s concern for the environment.