There has been a tremendous push from the general public to recognize and celebrate individuals on the front lines that continue to work since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Doctors and nurses, factory workers, truckers and grocery store clerks are some of the professions that have been recipients of praise and gratitude throughout the pandemic we are finding ourselves in, and I, too, extend my thanks to these brave individuals who willingly put their health at risk to ensure essential services continue to operate.
While celebrating these forms of essential work, however, I’ve come to realize that there is one profession that hasn’t been mentioned nearly as much as others that falls into the category of significant workers; farmers and members of the agricultural industry. And, honestly, it’s starting to piss me off a wee bit.
By no means am I attempting to suggest that any form of essential work takes precedence over another in terms of its value. Those of us who are still working are responsible for allowing society to continue to operate in limited means, and all workers in all industries are equally important. But, farming is undoubtedly an essential sector of the working world, and it is disheartening to acknowledge that the men and women responsible for putting food on our tables are being left out of the frontline spotlight.
I think it is fair to say that most of us have a limited understanding of how many adjustments and sacrifices farmers have had to make in order to continue farming in the midst of this pandemic. I’ve witnessed these challenges firsthand, and the general public needs to be made aware of the severity of the situation producers are currently facing while they continue to try and feed the world.
Farmers are being forgotten in the discussion of frontline workers, and it’s pretty sad. When you get down to the nitty gritty of the matter, all professions and people depend on farming, and it’s about time we get the same recognition as other frontline workers.
After all, if it weren’t for farmers, there wouldn’t be a frontline. Period.