Something as farmers we do every day.
It seems we are often justifying why and how we do our jobs. Maybe we can say the same thing for doctors and nurses as well?
When I was pregnant I had an appointment for Baby and spent the last few minutes discussing GMO’s, our family farm, and feeding the world with one of the nurses.
She explained how she has many west coast friends that had a heated debate on Facebook about GMO’s and how farmers are bad because we use pesticides.
These are the moments that farmers should live for. The moment to give just enough information to make a difference, but not confuse.
We plant GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). We plant GMO’s because we can get more bushels per acre, have a resistance to certain pests, and feed more people. (Really, there are tons of reasons..but I will keep it simple.)
The earth’s population is over 7 billion. The nurse said that her friends insists we should all grow what we need and we shouldn’t support those that grow GMO’s. Her husband’s response to their friend was simple, but so true “How can you explain that to the people that are starving and don’t have the resources to grow their own food?”
How true. As Americans it seems we often times have more than we need. But what about the children and homeless who are starving, not just here in America, but around the world. How do we explain to them that even though we have the resources to grow more, we shouldn’t?
Last week a friend of mine on Facebook posted about how she was watching Food, Inc. and her response was “Wow!”. I immediately seized the moment and spend the next hour addressing some of the misconceptions of the movie and urged her to please do research on both sides before she made her decision to jump on the Food, Inc bandwagon.
Do I know all the answers to agriculture topics? No way! But, what I have come to find out is that people appreciate a few things when I do talk to them about farming…
1) My passion for my family and our family farm
2) My honesty and credibility- if I don’t know the answer I direct them to someone who can get them one.
What are your thoughts on the ongoing conversation of GMO’s, pesticide usage, and growing your own foods?