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Freedom...Happy 4th of July

Ag Consumers

Freedom.  We are so incredibly fortunate in this country to have all of the freedoms that we do, and the 4th of July is a great time to celebrate that. 

We are privileged to have so many choices: where we live, what we do with our spare time, what we eat.  The last one is huge, especially when you consider that many people in other countries are not even sure if they are going to be able to have food to eat daily, while here we enjoy some of the cheapest and most abundant food in the world.

We are fortunate to have so many options: traditional, pre-packaged, organic, conventionally raised, natural, vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, farms market, grocery store or just whatever looks good.  And we are fortunate that we have farmers that are able and willing to help supply all of these different options.

But the freedom to choose what you feel is best for yourself and your family should not be a license to attack anyone who thinks differently, or supplies food for those who do not wish to make the same choices.  What food you choose, or what production method a farmer uses, should not be a debate.  Whatever choice someone makes, regardless of it is a financial decision, philosophical decision or simply personal preference; the food produced in this country is safe and nutritious (as long as it is part of a balanced diet).

When it comes down to it, everyone is free to make their own decisions as to what they want to consume.  But a part of that is realizing that not everyone is going to make the same choice and that farmers are going to grow different types of crops, and other people are going to purchase what they prefer.  False or misleading advertisement and campaigns against a certain type of production agriculture harm the entire industry.  Making decisions based on product labeling without knowing what it means does not make a person a conscientious consumer.  As you celebrate the 4th of July with your family and friends, we hope that you will enjoy the freedom of choice…and acknowledge that it is a freedom we all share.

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