Farming And The Disconnect With Consumers

Farmers have always had to deal with threats from insects and diseases, drought and floods, and hail and wind, but production agriculture is finding that one of its biggest challenges today is the disconnect that has taken place between the consumer and the farm. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

"Sometimes it’s a little scary, whenever you talk about the basic consumers, because too many people think that it’s pretty easy, that we could all be fed organically, and the scale and the amount of food we consume, it’s not just like we can just raise it all in a garden and feed ourselves."

"I have a lot of friends, they got to a farmers market and they expect it to be from outside of Dallas, or right there in Dallas. They don’t understand, we can’t have sweet corn from outside of Dallas the first of May."

John Perryman farms in McLennan County.

"Another problem that we’re facing is the increased amount of people moving from town out into the country that really don’t understand agriculture, and get concerned with issues of dust or things that they see as problems, and it’s just a normal part of life."

Ag consultant Robert Coffer says well meaning bureaucrats can harm agriculture because of ignorance.

"As they’re further removed away from the farm, as they start making regulations and rules and the EPA is considering this, or USDA says you can’t do that, they’re basing that on popular opinion from folks in the city."

"We’ve got some people that think they want to move from the city out into the country, and then for everything to be like it is in the city, and it’s just not that way."

And it’s in a farmer’s best interest to be a good steward of the land.

"If our politicians and consumers would spend a day with an American farmer, they would see how involved he is and makes sure that he takes care of that land, cause that land is his livelihood."

"We want to try and do things right, and we’re the ones living right out in the middle of it, so we want to take care of where we live."

I’m Bob French, looking at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.

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