Is advocacy even worth it?

As someone who is not a farmer I sometimes ask myself is it really worth all the work it takes to be advocate for the agriculture community, what is the point if I really don’t even have a dog in this fight? Why subject myself to psychological warfare with people who don’t fight fair, people that just spout out whatever they think is reality even though their perception of what they think is reality is often skewed by verifiable false and purposely mislead information?

Well the answer is yes, it is all worth it. See I am a consumer, we all are consumers, and even the farmers are consumers, so why not jump on board and help defend the very people that are growing the food we need? If you follow me on twitter you already know I enjoy things like cornbread with blueberries, and yes my wife gets mad at me for not having “just regular” cornbread and that’s what I get for marrying a true Midwestern meat and potatoes kind of gal, buy what if the farmers were to figuratively just dry up and blow away like a 1930’s dust bowl? Who is going to grow the blueberries and make the cornmeal? Who is going to produce butter for me to slather all over that warm delicious heavenly blueberry cornbread, and I don’t imagine I have to go into much detail about the divine intervention of maple syrup being poured over the top of blueberry cornbread?

So what about that cornmeal? Cornmeal does not start off as cornmeal, first someone who most likely is a farmer had to grow that corn, then it had to be shipped to a processing plant to be ground up and processed. The cornmeal is then packaged up and sent into the distribution chain to reach its end destination whether that be a grocery store or a restaurant or whomever has a need for some cornmeal.

Same goes with the meat industry, on platforms such as social media we often praise the producers who are raising the animals, and there are people who stand up to help protect that industry, but it takes more than just an animal producer to get that steak or chicken cordon blue on my plate, much the same as that cornmeal, there are several steps along the way to get that animal from the field to a dinner plate.

We should be rallying the troops to support all aspects of the food chain from start to finish, we need to take care of not just the farmers and the producers, but also the guy or gal working the floor of the packing house, or the person running the flour mill, and don’t forget those truckers, without trucks nothing is going to get shipped around. This worldwide pandemic has taught us a lot about the stability and weaknesses of our food supply chain and we definitely have some things that need to be reworked and or redesigned to further strengthen our supply and demand processes, but furthermore we need to learn to agree that every aspect of the food chain is important, that’s why the term chain fits so well, if you take one link out of that chain, the chain will fail to work as designed.

So again yes, it is important to help support and advocate for the agriculture industry as well as the other industries that are involved with feeding the world. It is important to learn and understand actual facts and not chase down false accusations or misleading information that is driven by someone who has an agenda to push, the only agenda there should be is how to make sure the world can be fed sustainably, responsibly and efficiently. Many farmers, producers, and food processors are ready to talk to you if you have questions, a majority of the food supply chain from start to end are willing to answer your questions, they would much rather provide you with the truth than to have someone spilling out false and harmful information that can lead to others misunderstanding where their food comes from. Don’t be afraid to venture out on your own and do a little research, don’t feel compelled to follow the extreme activist groups, especially if you feel something may not be right or maybe someone is not being up front and truthful to you, its always okay to question what someone tells you, the best way to learn the truth is to simply reach out to those who are in the trenches working day in and day out to help feed us all and then draw your own conclusions of what you believe from your own findings.

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