Celebrating foods and fibers and the men and women who grow them

By Gene Hall

Organic. Conventional. Natural. Modern. Local. Grassfed. Grainfed. The choices are endless for consumers when it comes to food and the farmers and ranchers who grow it.

Confusion often reigns as some with evangelical zeal turn up their noses at how you like to eat. Scare tactics are used by everyone from multi-billion-dollar corporations like Chipotle, fond of slamming modern agriculture in their marketing efforts, to animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States with their vegan agenda, to scores of individuals who use the Internet as a platform to advance some flavor of the month cause.

Are they doing it to make money at the expense of others? Are they pushing a cause? Or are they just mad at the world? These are the questions that should be asked.

The great thing about American agriculture is you can choose however you want to eat. Be certain there is a farmer or rancher who will grow it for you.

Farmers in Farm Bureau all across Texas are celebrating Food Connection Week Feb. 16-22. Do you ever wonder who grows your food? You can’t know all of them, but we can start the process of connecting. Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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