What Do Farmers Really Make?

My sister shared the following photo on Facebook a few days ago, and the contents of this image really got me thinking.

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Posted by the National Farmers Union, this image is a disturbing reminder to consumers of just how imbalanced the profit farmers earn for the goods they produce is. Granted, the National Farmers Union is American, but regardless of where goods are being sold, the lack of equilibrium when it comes to what farmers earn for what they produce vs. what their produce is sold for is disgusting.

I wanted to draw attention to this image because I strongly believe a majority of consumers are unaware of just how unjust profit for farmers is. By no means am I implying that the lack of consumer knowledge towards this issue is the fault of the consumer, because there is a tremendous lack of resources available for individuals who wish to educate themselves about this issue, but it is crucial just the same. I further realize that profit for goods varies depending on crops, the type of crop (organic versus non-organic), and even geographical location, but farmers are, in simple terms, getting shit on for how hard they work.

Growing up in a farming household, I have always appreciated how damn hard farmers work. During harvest, my Dad is out of the house before dawn and often doesn’t come in for the night long after the sun has set. He doesn’t complain or ask for pity; rather, he works his ass off to provide for us, and there are millions of men and women just like my father whose efforts go unappreciated and unacknowledged far too often.

It’s time we start recognizing farmers for everything they do for us. No vacations, no time off, and no set work schedule, these people are the sole reason we can sit down and enjoy three square meals a day. Thank a farmer, and be mindful of the fact they often don’t earn what they deserve when it comes to their paycheque.

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