Part 3: Getting agriculture to step up to the plate

For some people blogging is actually an economic endeavor — they get paid to post stuff to the World Wide Web. For others, its a passion.

I recently came across a blog simply titled: Chrischinn.  At first I thought it was a play on words with a religious tone. That’s not the case.

The blog reports on the life of family farmers in fly-over country as they do what it takes to operate a commercial hog operation.  My attention was first drawn to it after reading about the bullying tactics of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their efforts to force American farmers (namely animal agriculture) into costly and unnecessary animal husbandry practices.

In one blog post, Chris Chinn (that’s the author’s real name) writes about HSUS practices that have been adopted by some of the large chain restaurants and in a passionate and eloquent defense, debunks the notion that farmers and ranchers treat their animals poorly. Another blog post takes on the notion that children shouldn’t be allowed to perform age-appropriate chores on the farm.

Technology has presented a wonderful opportunity for agriculture to get its true story out there. However, that’s not where a majority of American consumers and their political representatives receive the bulk of their information on this industry that is as vital to America’s economy as it is America’s national sovereignty. In an opinionated side note, it’s sad that American media can’t and/or won’t do this job.

While it’s totally appropriate to laud the efforts of folks like Chris Chinn, her family, and others (I’ll write on them in future posts), it’s simply not enough for a few well-spoken farmers and ranchers to present an articulate defense on internet blog sites and the various social media sites of their livelihoods, their way of life and of agriculture in general. It’s incumbent upon the organizations that represent American agriculture, from the smallest grass-roots trade association to the large food processors to step up to the plate (literally and figuratively), with large sums of money and other capital if the farms and ranches that they rely upon to butter their bread continue to be viable, profitable enterprises.

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