By Mike Barnett
When it comes to abundant and affordable food, I guess I’m agriculturally incorrect.
In their eyes, the way we grow food for our nation and much of the world is much more than wrong—it’s a disaster waiting to happen which will make the Biblical ten plagues of Egypt look like a Sunday picnic.
Their perfect world calls for food production without pesticides and CAFOs and GMOs. Food, in their eyes, should be locally grown and all fertilizer should be natural.
You may think I’m crazy, but I agree with them. Well, a little. There is a place in our agricultural production scheme for organically grown food and grass fed livestock and all natural and local food and non-GMO crops. Where I differ with these food elitists is that although all the practices can be profitable for farmers, none will stand the test of feeding a rapidly growing world population.
That thought never seems to enter the food elitist equation. If we go their route—as my blogging partner Gene Hall pointed out on a recent Facebook conversation—someone is going to have to make some heady decisions about who will eat and who won’t.
It’s not a decision I’d be willing to make.
Modern agriculture and farmers and ranchers may be agriculturally incorrect in the food elitist eyes. But agriculture will have to be correct to continue to feed 7 billion people and counting.
I think we’re on the right track.