Consumers are becoming more detached from their agricultural roots. In 1862, President Lincoln signed legislation which established the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He referred to this department as “The People’s Department.” Why? Ninety percent of Americans were farmers. Currently, less than two percent of Americans are farmers. Throughout many generations, Americans have become farther detached from agriculture. This is why an organization from California began.
Consumers do not understand how their food is grown, the precautions taken and the work involved. Without our farmers, we would have no food. William Jennings Bryan states ““Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” (Courtesy of Farm Policy Facts, http://www.farmpolicyfacts.org/index.php/real-facts/)
I Love Farmers -They feed my soul is an organization located in California that is making strong efforts in educating consumers. This educational organization was started because they felt the importance of how little consumers know where their food comes from and who produced it. This young organization has desires to educate consumers on animals and agriculture showing that producers care about the welfare of animals and the environment in which they grow crops. Check out their website at http://ilovefarmers.org/.
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Sources: PBS. July 11, 2011. PBS Online. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/trouble/timeline/. I love farmers. July 11, 2011. http://ilovefarmers.org/. Farm Policy Facts. July 11, 2011. Real Facts. http://www.farmpolicyfacts.org/index.php/real-facts/.