The Real Cost of Cheap Food by Bryan Walsh
Time Magazine August 31, 2009
I am appalled at the article along with the cover of Time Magazine dated August 31, 2009.
I have always thought of Time magazine to be a fair and reputable news source. It is apparent that by printing this one sided piece filled with disdain and prejudice towards the hardworking family farmers of our United States. It mentions nothing of the hardworking families that have been in agriculture for generations. It does not mention how many farms in the United States are family owned. You have created a stereotype of all food providers in our state as being large corporate entities that follow no law or morals towards our environment or human race. Clearly most US farmers are THE true environmentalist. Their hands are in the dirt nurturing the land to its production. The majority of farms owners live on their land. They drink the water that comes from it. They consume from the fruits of their labor. Why would anyone abuse and pollute the place in which they raise their children and animals. You should be ashamed of yourselves for printing such a one sided and clearly prejudice view of our nation’s farmers. With so many people removed from the farms and production of the food they consume this article gives only a negative view of the majority of hardworking families in agriculture.
Obesity is an issue in this nation is that only due to the food consumed? Could it be that in this world of computers and video games people are less active? Could it be that in this busy life and lack of time to prepare homemade foods, people are forced to purchase processed and fast foods that sadly are often more affordable and easy?
It is out of touch writers for big city magazines that demean the value of farmers and their families. Your magazine writes of our dependency on foreign oils, but a bigger and greater fear is the dependency on foreign FOODS. No where in the world do they have greater standards and safety in food production.
So as you read this with your double shot fat free latte and your double fiber blueberry muffin be grateful to the family farmers that took part in that being available to you. Also be grateful that you have probably never felt TRUE and REAL hunger. Your food doesn’t come from a grocery store it comes from the land the so many farmers work and live with so very little gratitude and quite often very little money.
A California Dairy Farmer
PS I will also be canceling my subscription to Time and urging my fellow farmers to do the same.