“Today we’re not that many generations away from having to produce our own food. Luckily for us, we live in the best time ever where we worry about getting our family together, worry about preparing the food, and not worry about growing it.”
BOBBY KURTEN IS A LOCAL RANCHER AND SAYS YEARS AGO YOUR DIET WAS LIMITED BY WHAT YOU COULD GROW.
“Now our diet is absolutely unlimited. We can have food of any kind, any time. We don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to have turkey and dressing. We can have it any other time if we want it. It’s not a luxury. Our food costs less now as a percentage of our income than it ever has.”
AND COOKS AND NON-COOKS ALIKE CAN EAT PRETTY WELL.
“You can buy old fashioned food where you start from scratch and make everything yourself. All of the ingredients are available in the grocery store, or you can buy it already packaged, already pre-cooked, where all you have to do is heat it. You can go and buy it and take it home.”
KURTEN SAYS FARM SUBSIDIES AREN’T FARM SUBSIDIES AT ALL. THEY’RE CONSUMER SUBSIDIES.
“Our government policy toward agriculture traditionally, and continues to be a consumer oriented policy. It has been more of a cheap food policy than it has been a farm policy.”
GOVERNMENT POLICY INSURES FOOD INDEPENDENCE.
“Therefore, we are insured not only that we have an adequate food supply, and a back log of food, but we are also insured that we can afford it.”
SO WHEN YOU’RE SAYING GRACE OVER THOSE WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING LEFT OVERS, PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR OUR FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO HELP MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE. I’M JOE BROWN, TRACING THE JOURNEY OUR FOOD MAKES FROM THE FARM TO OUR TABLES, FROM THE GROUND UP.