Why are we villainizing farmers?

It seems to me that as of late, farmers have been the subject of unnecessary criticism and scrutiny. And, the longer I think about it, the more it becomes apparent that farmers have somewhat always been targeted for the profession they chose, one that we as a society depend upon tremendously.

Recently, farmers and members of the agricultural industry have been at the forefront of backlash regarding Canada’s new Food Guide that was released several months ago. Additionally, livestock producers have been forced to deal with protestors and animal activists bombarding them for raising animals to be consumed.

I question why the villainization of the men and women who work tirelessly to provide us with the food we consume three times a day has become normalized. Further, I question why the issue continues to go unnoticed for the most part, and why we aren’t collectively advocating for farmers when they require our support more than ever before.

The importance of farmers is often overlooked, and it’s concerning. If it weren’t for farmers, we wouldn’t have food to eat, nor would we have clothing and certain beverages, amongst other things. Considering how much farmers provide us with, I don’t believe it’s unreasonable to recognize the constant ridicule they face and challenge it when it presents itself.

Canada itself is the fifth largest agricultural exporter in the world. The demand for food has never been higher, and we need farmers to fill this demand. Let’s show these dedicated people our appreciation rather than challenge them in their profession, potentially halting the cycle of ridicule in the process. Advocacy is so important, especially in the farming realm, and together, we could offer farmers the support they require to persevere in such a difficult profession.

Remember: if it weren’t for farmers, we would all be hungry, thirsty, and naked.

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