Since when did "Agriculture" become a dirty word?
The twenty plus years I have spent in the fertilizer industry and thus in the agriculture community have flown by – in large part because I believe the role we play in improving peoples’ lives is undeniable. A look at the daily headlines or internet chatter on news and social media sites reveals that many are much less convinced than I am about the tremendous benefits of U.S. agriculture.
So I am very interested in a live and interactive event planned for later this week by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. It’s called “The Food Dialogues,” a town hall-style discussion to address Americans’ questions about how their food is grown and raised and the long-term impact of the food they are eating. The Dialogues will feature leaders in food, cooking, media and policy as well as farmers of all types.
On Sept. 22 we will also learn more about results of recent surveys of farmers, ranchers and consumers, conducted by USFRA in July and August 2011. Organizers of the event say that the goal is not to advance an agenda, but rather to create a forum that will result in everyone being better informed about issues that affect our lives, our health, our planet and our future. In my book, that’s a worthwhile undertaking – and it couldn’t come at a better time. Let me know what you think of this event and stay tuned to see what we learn on Thursday.