From the Ground Up: Thanksgiving and Agriculture

Most holiday celebrations here in the United States are bound together by a common thread.

They all include a feast of some kind, and earlier this week the Chamber of Commerce held its annual Ag Breakfast to recognize the agricultural producers that not only make these holiday festivities possible, but also provide us an abundance of food year round. Congressman Bill Flores attended the breakfast.

“Great nations are those that produce their own food, fiber, and fuel, and without agriculture, we wouldn’t be in a position to have our own food supply and fiber in sufficient quantities to feed ourselves, much less to feed a big part of the world.”

Flores commented on the disconnect between agriculture and today’s consumers.

“There is a huge disconnect today and one of the reasons for the disconnect is that our society has transitioned from being a rural self- sufficient set of communities to being a more urban community with more people living in urban centers.”

The majority of consumers are several generations removed from the farm.

“We have too many people that don’t understand what it takes to produce our food and our fiber for others and as a result they think that your chicken comes from a nice shrink wrap container on a grocery shelf, on a supermarket shelf, and that’s just not the real world. The real world is somebody grew that chicken, somebody grew the feed for that chicken. Somebody produced the fuel that kept those chickens warm in the winter time so that they could grow and then transport them.”

It’s hard to imagine our celebrations without our favorite holiday foods.

“I’d like to thank our many farmers in the Brazos Valley, all across Texas, and all across this country that produce the food that sustains us, the fiber that clothes us. So I want to say God Bless to the folks in agriculture that put us in that position. God Bless our first responders, and God Bless our military men and women and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Brazos Valley.”

So if you’re enjoying those Thanksgiving left overs, give a little thanks for the farmers that made it possible to put them on your plate.

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