Agriculture and Thanksgiving

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 traditional favorites that we enjoy during holidays originate at a grocery store. Sammy Catalena is a Brazos County rancher.

“As we gather with family and friends for these holiday occasions, we have to realize what an important part agriculture plays not only in our holiday seasons, but also in our daily lives. It’s the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the milk you drink, it’s all due in part to farmers and ranchers in the agriculture industry.”

Catalena says that the abundance that we enjoy, particularly, here in the U.S., has made us take our food supply for granted.

“The world has just gotten complacent in our food supply because it’s so bountiful. It’s so plentiful, of what we’ve got so much of, and it’s always there for us and we just don’t think about it today as we did in the past.”

Imagine how different our Thanksgiving tables might look if we were responsible for growing or gathering all of the food ourselves. Would we serve two different meat entrees, multiple vegetable side dishes, and choose from an array of our favorite cakes and pies? For most of us, the answer to that question would be probably not.

“It’s in no one’s thought today that we could wake up tomorrow and not have food on the table, or not be able to go to the grocery store and get what we need. Unfortunately, for people to really get an appreciation of agriculture, they would have to go without for a while.”

Catalena suggests that when you’re giving thanks and enjoying those wonderful Thanksgiving leftovers this holiday, in addition to thanking the members of our military and our local first responders, you add our agricultural producers to that list.

“For you to be able to sit down at that family table at Thanksgiving or Christmas or that Sunday dinner, that it wasn’t an eight to five job to get that food on that table.”