My farm's not dangerous.
Sorry I have been bad about blogging this week, which is ironic because this week I saw my 2013 stats, over 35k people visited my blog! Thank you if you are a reader and follower. I have been seeing a campaign on social media lately that shows families in front of their farms, with a title like my "farm's not dangerous" or "my family's farm isn't hazardous". Pulls on the heart strings a little bit, to see an actually family and farmer in his field pleading that his farm is safe.
I'm actually not originally from Dallas, I was born and raised in the Central Valley of California, the agricultural capital of the world. Most of my friend's families were farmers. I had a close friend who's family owned an organic dairy even, but the majority were "conventional" farmers. I could imagine that if you aren't an organic farmer, that the organic movement would be threatening. That the facts coming out about companies like Monsanto who's spray and GMO seed is so toxic that it can cause cancer, would put some worry about the future of your farm in your head. Which I really don't know why, since Monsanto owns the FDA. But companies that are taking a stand, and refusing inferior products are creating awareness. A good example of that is Chipotle. Who has been named on some of these ads urging people to boycott them. Why would you boycott a company that won't pass on toxic food to their customers?
So what would I say to a farmer in this situation? Of course I don't want to see someone go out of business. But sometimes getting hit in the face with the truth is tough. Reading something that says that the product you have been putting out your entire life is dangerous could be too much for some people. Sometimes it's too hard to come to grasp with. But the bottom line is if your are spraying your crops with pesticides, injecting your animals with antibiotics and hormones, or using genetically modified seed, your product is dangerous. So what should the farmer do now, well life is all about the ability to adapt, so my recommendation is to adapt, stop using what your using. Take an initiative to be better. Or you can just fight it, and live in denial. But it still doesn't change the facts. My message to the reader, always chose organic.
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