Celebrating American agriculture

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has declared this coming Monday—October 24th—to be Food Day. According to their website, Food Day seeks to “bring together all Americans to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.”  Sounds great, right?

Not so fast!

Food Day is not a celebration of all agriculture. Rather, it is a stealth attack on the vulnerabilities of American consumers.  CSPI would have you believe that farm animals are abused by their owners, pumped full of hormones and raised on “factory farms.”  In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Farmers care about their animals

Farmers and ranchers involved in animal agriculture are stewards of the land.  The welfare of their animals is of utmost importance to them, and it is in their best interests that their livestock are treated humanely.  This not only guarantees them a healthier, higher-quality animal, it also provides a greater return on their investment and produces a wholesome food product.

American agriculture is something to be proud of.  Modern production methods allow 2% of the population to feed 100%!  So when did attacking farmers and ranchers become en vogue?

Here’s some food for thought:

  • In 1960, a U.S. farmer fed 26 people.  In 2011, a U.S. farmer will feed 155 people.
  • American ranchers provide 25% of the world’s beef… with just 10% of the world’s cattle!
  • There are 2.1 million farms in the U.S., and 98% of those are family owned.

Show some love for farmers (Photo courtesy of Animal Ag Alliance)

Furthermore, CSPI has aligned itself with some folks who would like nothing more than to see animal agriculture done away with.  Michael Pollan, well-known advocate and author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, sits on the Board of Directors as does CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.  Pacelle’s employees have stated before that one of their goals at HSUS is the elimination of all animal agriculture.  Pollan has been quoted as saying, “Eat food, not too much.  Mostly plants.”

You know, Mr. Pollan, that doesn’t sit too well with this farm girl.

It’s truly disheartening that CSPI is not taking this opportunity to talk about all areas of agriculture.  Instead, they’re pumping out misinformation and scare tactics in order to drive consumers away from the food products that farmers and ranchers have worked so hard to produce.

However, there is someone out there speaking for all aspects of agriculture.

Real Farmers Real Food is a campaign launched by the Animal Agriculture Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to helping consumers better understand the role farmers and ranchers play in providing a safe, abundant food supply to a hungry world.  The underlining core of the message is simple, and it’s one I truly believe in.

For farmers, food day is every day.

Partnered with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, Real Farmers Real Food is an excellent tool for consumers who want to know the truth about modern agriculture production.  Agriculture shouldn’t be a dirty word.  It’s a tiring occupation that demands hard work and perseverance, and sometimes it can be a cruel mistress.  But American farmers and ranchers have dedicated their lives to feeding the world.  Watch Teresa’s message below, and then visit www.realfarmersrealfood.com to learn more.

Because not everyone farms, but everyone has to eat.

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