Less than two per cent of the U.S. population produces over one hundred per cent of the country’s food and the overage is exported to feed people all over the world. More and more, policy makers are becoming further removed from agriculture and any understanding of what it takes to provide the abundance of a safe food supply that the United States enjoys. Ashley Batey has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.
“We have people that are anti-animal agriculture that are shaping the policies of our country, that are threatening our ability to exercise standard and common animal husbandry, and to exercise decent animal care that most producers exercise on a daily basis., and they’re doing that for reasons that defy logic and common sense. They’re trying to exercise their social views or their personal views on all people of society.”
Todd Staples is the commissioner of the Texas Department Of Agriculture.
“We can’t allow emotional policy to govern the way we produce our food and fiber. We need to let science govern that. We need to let animal husbandry and standards of care that the industry recognizes govern that, but we have to educate consumers about how fragile that is today.”
Staple’s agency has developed a program called “Agriculture Is Your Culture.”
“So that we can remind consumers that from tooth paste to tires, and makeups to medicine, agriculture is a part of your daily life, and if we have bad policies, who ultimately pays the price? Consumers, and we do that because we limit our ability to have production agriculture in the Lone Star State and the United States of America.”
I’m Ashley Batey, tracing the journey our food and fiber makes from the farm and ranch to our homes, From The Ground Up.