This month I have seen a slurry of thankful thoughts, status updates, tweets, prayers, blog posts and so on. It is no secret that I am in the heart of farming. I am married to a farmer after all and a card carrying member of the Farm Bureau.
So, lots of my farm friends are talking about how they are thankful for those who raise food, distribute food, serve food, sell food, or are quite simply involved with the production of food.
Lots of folks are also trying to educate on the hunger issue that our nation and world is facing. While we produce enough food for all to have full tummies, politics, both good and ill intentioned, seem to be an obstacle in the distribution of our abundant food supply. And in the midst of all this we now are in the great food label war of organic this, all natural that, hormone free this. As if we really know what all those labels mean.
But, I guess as I reflect on what I am thankful for this year, it is all of you who eat meat, dairy, and eggs. Let’s be honest, without all of you, I would be unemployed. And so would a lot of other farmers.
You see, these corn and soybeans grown throughout the breadbasket of the United States, or also known as the midwest, are mainly used to feed livestock. Farm animals. The corn you see growing along the interstates is not the kind you buy in your Green Giant cans. Very little corn is actually grown for those green cans.
So, I just wanted to say thanks for eating our meat. We appreciate you supporting us through your purchasing decisions. Keeping eating it.
But, I don’t want to just shrug off what the American Farmers are doing. Fewer are producing more than ever before and over the next 50 years they will have to double their productivity to feed the growing population. It is astonishing.
This Thanksgiving, I am also giving thanks to all those men and women who will not be getting a paid holiday. They will be feeding pigs, milking cows, and collecting eggs as we all enjoy our turkeys, hams, and prime ribs.
Take a moment to a meet a few of my friends who are farming right here in Indiana to guarantee we still have the choice of buying American grown food.
Checkout more about Leontien and her family over at their website. This is what the American Dream is all about.
Wanna get to know Randy more, visit his Facebook Fan Page.
Meet Bob and his wife, Sally, over at the Good Egg Project. Proud to be buying Kroger brand eggs that come from their farms!
So what are you thankful for this year? Not the normal thankful, but what is the unexpected answer? What do never take time to be thankful for but would be no where without. Sort of like me and all you meat eaters.