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.