by Alec Miller, Sustainable Plant Systems major
I just wanted to talk about how far the public is away from agriculture. Last summer I went to the Ohio State fair for a day. We were walking around and saw that the dairy barn had a cow outside and was showing the public where milk came from and how it was produced. I thought this was a very cool thing. What blew my mind is how many people did not know where the milk came from. To me it’s crazy to think people don’t know where their food comes from as if it just magically appears in the store. Us agriculturists need to step it up a little and help inform the public on what we do for a living and how passionate we are about doing it. The fair helps this but I think schools need to step their game up and help us out. I think our agriculture department needs to set up seminars and boots at the market to help inform people. How can people buy something without knowing what they are really buying? We farmers can help by inviting people out to our farms. I would gladly invite the public out and show them where the food comes from and why we do it. It’s not just for us but it’s for everyone we feed. The passion for farming is starting to decrease as the prices decrease. Left and right small farms are being bought out by the big farmers who are in it for the money. They don’t care that the public doesn’t know what they do as long as their check comes in the mail. So I believe we should come together and help inform everyone around us about what we do and why we do it.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.