Where does your food come from?
If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store.
And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store is not where food comes from — it's just from where it is distributed. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives, and what it really takes to have food on their dinner table.
Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of — and had friends or relatives involved with — agriculture. Today, that's no longer the case. That's why I'm writing, because agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life — food, fiber, clothing, and shelter. And it's about time Americans recognize that contribution!
American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today each American farmer feeds more than 144 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is the nation's #1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy. And it's not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, all the way to the grocery store, is a vital link in a chain that brings food to every citizen — and millions of people abroad.
Frankly, it's easy to take agriculture for granted in America. Our food is readily accessible and safe. For this we're unbelievably fortunate, but that doesn't mean we don't have an obligation to recognize how it's made possible.
This week, March 17-23, is National Agriculture Week. March 19 was National Ag Day. There were many activities across our country to recognize agriculture. Take a moment after reading this to reflect and be grateful for American agriculture. Understand how food and fiber products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products for all of us. Also, take note that because of new technology farmers are more environmentally friendly than ever before.
Help us celebrate National Agriculture Week!