Poll finds few City Teens Understand where their food comes from

In a recent article I came across, 77% of city teens in Australia know little or nothing about Agriculture based on a recent poll. I would assume a similar percentage, if not worse percentage of teens, in America would say the same thing. This is one thing I’m passionate about and why I started this blog. Those of us in the Ag Industry need to take the time to help educate and build relationships with those who are not a part of our industry. We want to “feed the world”, but have no part of it? It should be more like, “we want to feed the world, and teach them how we are doing it.”

We must find a way to assimilate city people into the Ag industry and engage them. My guess is that the #1 reason behind bad media & poor public approval of the way we farm is due to a lack of knowledge and understanding. The engagement and communication process needs to begin immediately.

Check out the article and let me know your thoughts.

http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/news/agriculture/general/news/city-teens-disconnected-from-ag/2706262.aspx

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Immigration Reform and Agriculture

It seems everyone has moved on from the Affordable Health Care Act, and is now ready to politically align themselves for a heated discussion on Immigration Reform.  Whether your a democrat or republican, its evident that reform is needed in this area.  It seems that this topic has surfaced in the media, and congress.  Now, just what should our politicians do to overhaul immigration?

Well, maybe they should start by looking at the Agricultural industry and it’s dependency on cheap labor.  It amazes me how my fellow Americans will condemn allowing non-American workers on American farms.  However, they fail to ponder or even answer the question as to why American farms continue to use more and more non-American workers.  Let’s just be honest with each other, it is beneath us Americans to spend several hours a day bent over picking fruits, veggies, and other crops a field.  It is also crazy to think that virtual assistants in the US are fetching $15 – $20 per hour while most top paid farm hands get paid $15 – $20 per hour.  The VA’s sit in the comfort of their own home working on a computer 8-10 hours per day or around their own flexible schedule.  Meanwhile, farm hands work 10+ hours per day typically in the rain, snow, dirt, covered in grease, and sweat.  Neither job requires a degree or any work experience.  Quite the contrast.

The math is simple, people can only afford so much for groceries.  So that leaves us with 3 options…

1.  Pay more for groceries to so farmers can afford to pay their workers more, at a rate Americans would be willing to work for.

2.  Allow farmers to hire non-American workers who will work for less, who will legally try to become citizens.  Meanwhile, we pay the same for groceries.

3.  We import food from foreign countries so that we don’t have to do either of these two options. Let’s hope for peace and stability across the globe to ensure a reasonable price for our imported groceries.

All of these options are assuming that the U.S. government doesn’t improve the speed and efficiency at which it accepts immigrants into the U.S.  That alone could change the game!

What are your thoughts?  I’d love to continue discussion on this topic!