"What concerns farmers is the growing concensus that the way we farm is nothing less than a crime against nature, nutrition and all that is good and true."
What a simple statement - Farming deserves more respect - but so true.
Hurst's piece appeared in the The Kansas City Star opinion section of their website. Not only is the article interesting and a must read but the comments are as well, all six pages of them!
I have been in the midst of production agriculture my entire life and this article resonated with me - 44 years of agriculture and I still learn something new everyday and only add to the love I have for this industry.
I have read his article multiple times and while what he writes is near and dear to my heart, from a farmers view three themes jump out at me - consumers, technology and nostalgia. These three play a massive role in the agriculture industry.
"Consumers have every right to be curious about how we raise their food, and I'm more than glad to spend the next year talking about why we do the things we do."
"Our critics are convinced that technology applied to personal communications devices and medicine is a net good, but science applied to growing things is freakish, unnatural and dangerous."
"They are bi-coastal experts on agriculture, armed with a touching nostalgia for a life they never lived."
Blake Hurst wrote words that almost every farmer thinks - he wrote beautifully, well spoken, from the head and felt with the heart.
Read the article - farmer or consumer or both - it is well worth your time.
What to know what I think about these three?