Letter - Where does your food come from?If you are typical of most Americans, your answer to “Where does your food come from?” is the obvious, the grocery store. In reality, the store is the final distribution point of the food chain.
To the editor:
If you are typical of most Americans, your answer to “Where does your food come from?” is the obvious, the grocery store. In reality, the store is the final distribution point of the food chain. With today’s population concentration in the urban areas, there is a general lack of understanding of the role of agriculture in their lives, and what it takes to have food on their table.
Just three or four generations ago, most people were farmers, or at the very least had a close relative that was a farmer. That is no longer the case. Douglas County Farm Bureau members would like to remind everyone that agriculture provides the necessities of life: food, clothing and shelter.
Farmers are working harder than ever. Today, each American farmer raises enough crops to feed 154 people. Farmers raise the basic food products, but think about every worker and business that processes, packages, and hauls that food product to the grocery store. They are all vital links to getting that food to your table.
It is easy for us to take agriculture for granted. We live in a country where there is always plenty of safe, nutritious and affordable food right down the street or road. We certainly are fortunate, but have an obligation to recognize how it is all made possible.
March 17-23 is National Ag Week, a time to be grateful for American agriculture.
Vernon Hedlin, president,
Douglas County Farm Bureau