When most of us go grocery shopping we just assume that whatever we’re looking for will be there, and give little thought to the fact that none of the food we enjoy on holidays originates at a grocery store. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.
"Well I think one of the interesting things about our country is that most of our holiday celebrations tend to focus around food and family gatherings."
Royce Hickman is President and CEO of the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commerce.
"I think it's human nature when something's always there for us we do take it for granted, and food is always there for us and so we do unfortunately take it for granted. You don't realize sometimes, it's been eye opening to me in the time I've had this job, to understand some of the issues that the farmers and producers go through, some of the risks they have to take, and some of the problems they have to overcome to provide that food supply for us."
Hickman acknowledges the disconnect that’s taken place between consumers and agriculture.
"I think it's important for adults to educate their children. You know back when I was growing up we either had a relative, or had friends that lived on farms. We had access to that. Folks don't have that anymore. Kids are growing up without and understanding or an appreciation about the food supply and about the agricultural industry as a whole."
There are ways to help children get a better grasp of what agriculture’s all about.
"I take my grandkids out to the youth livestock show and I try to expose them to what goes on in another part of the world that they don't really understand."
And Thanksgiving is a good time to illustrate the role agriculture plays in our daily lives.
"…and that's a time we think to lift up those folks that all year long grow and produce the food that we enjoy."
Enjoy those leftovers. I’m Joe Brown, taking a look at the journey our food makes from the farm and ranch to our plates, From The Ground Up.