I am not a farmer… I’m a consumer!

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 25, 2010) Aboard USS Carl Vins...

Aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), a Sailor makes her way through the serving line during the ship’s traditional Thanksgiving feast. Over 300 pounds of potatoes, 14 turkeys and hours of preparation were needed to serve the expected 800 patrons. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kevin C. Harbach/Released)

I am not a farmer.

I don’t pick it, pluck it, plant it or pack it.

I don’t grow it, graze it or raise it.

I don’t get up at 2 a.m. to feed it, milk it or turn on the water.

I don’t need a row to hoe or trees to top. I buy my water by the bottle, not by the acre-foot.

My home office does not include a filing cabinet with documents, forms and letters to and from the USDA, EPA, regional water board, regional air board, state department of agriculture and the county ag commissioner. I don’t need to file pesticide reports, water usage reports or annual acreage reports. I don’t know any milk inspectors, OSHA inspectors or anyone from the state labor relation’s board.

I am an American consumer… I rely on the American farmer to do all these things and more so I can simply buy it, cook it and eat it.

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