You've Got To Stand For Something

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Recently, I wrote a paper that stirred a lot of people in my county up. I intern for my local newspaper and wrote an article over GMO’s. As an agriculturist that has studied about the pros and cons of GMO’s I feel that the pros outweigh the cons. That's my personal opinion in which I'm entitled to. After saying that we need to stop being so terrified of GMO’s I received a ton of criticism, some that wasn’t very nice. I was told that my opinion was wrong, and that made me realize something that we all struggle with. In the agriculture world or not we all deal with the fact to speak up, when others tell you to shut up. I’m not going to sit here and bash anyone and say anyone’s opinion was wrong, but I am going to say that as someone who can’t stand seeing farmers bashed anymore, I can’t sit back and keep quiet. People aren’t always going to agree with you, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing something or saying something that you know is right. As I told everyone that disagreed with me, “lets agree to disagree.” Those people can continue to say and feel what they want, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to say what I know is right.

In the world we live in today, someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. Who really decides what is right and what is wrong though? We sit behind our computer screens and decide that we don’t agree with something and begin typing or editing mean and derogatory things. Things that can hurt someone’s feelings, and make someone live in fear of saying anything. Which is why, I will NEVER back down from supporting farmers and ranchers everywhere. Sure, some people might get mad. That’s life, not everyone is going to like you. I would rather people sit around and dis on me, and give farmers a break for once.

Can you imagine living in a world that you provide everything for, just to have people constantly dragging your name down? These people work most of their lives from sun up to sun down, never taking vacations just to put food in someone’s mouth, that is constantly running it about how awful farmers are! My thought for those people who have nothing but horrible things to say about these hard-working individuals is, “I bet you are typing all of that while eating a burger or some corn, wearing a cotton t-shirt.”

Why are we constantly biting the hand which feeds us? We constantly talk about what’s wrong with the agriculture industry. “Well they are putting to many chemicals and pesticides in our food, or they are doing more harm than good.” If that’s the way you feel, then why aren’t YOU stepping up to change that? People shouldn’t judge others until they walk a mile in their shoes. I can sit here and say, “Well if PETA would donate some of the millions of dollars of revenue that they receive to plant a garden and feed the world, instead of running campaigns all of the time, maybe fewer animals would die.”

People are constantly pointing fingers at agriculture. Agriculture is the most talked down about industry in the world. I wish that for one day, those people who have a full refrigerator but continue to sit behind their computers and “teach” others what they know, would have to provide their own food for one month. First off, raising meat isn’t for the weak of heart. Animals get sick and animals need fed. Second off, crops don’t always work out. If that month it doesn’t rain and they don’t have an irrigation system then poof there goes your crops. If only they had a crop that was more sustainable to drought conditions, like GMOs.

So to my fellow agriculturists everywhere, don’t back down. To some my opinion is wrong, and to others my opinion is spot on. Just because someone says a few snarky comments, I won’t back down. Use all comments people say to you to better yourself. For example; when I go back to college this year, I’m going to learn even more about GMOs. I will then continue to share my knowledge with my county. As the musician Aaron Tippin would say, “You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.”

Farmers and ranchers everywhere, I can’t thank you guys enough for feeding us. Thank you for giving up vacations, and working long hard hours to provide for this great nation. This world might have lost touch with agriculture, but I believe that there are some of us who are going to change that fact.

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re thousands of miles away from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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