Dear Farmers of the 1950s

Dear Farmers of the 1950s,

You would probably be surprised to know...

That the days you spent plowing and tilling is done today in mere hours with advanced

machinery.

That the 25 people you fed with your harvest each year have now increased to over 150 people.

That 133 billion dollars worth of U.S. agricultural products is exported around the world.

That plants can be grown year around now, with help from what we call “non-traditional”

farming.

That today’s farmers produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs.

That 30% of farm operators are women.

That 97% of U.S. farms are operated by individual families, family partnerships, or family

corporations.

That soil erosion has been reduced by over 90%.

That there has been a 360% increase in crop yields per acre.

And that Americans enjoy the most abundant and safest food supply in the world.

But those are just some of the good things. You might be saddened to know…

That only 2% of our entire population are production farmers.

That consumers are so far away from agriculture that myths about farm operations are being

spread worldwide.

That 1 in 7 Americans struggles with Hunger.

That the average age of American farmers is over 50 years old.

That an estimated 25-40% of food grown in the US will never be consumed.

That children answer “Wal-Mart” and “Kroger” when asked where their food comes from.

Farmers have to produce 70% more food to feed the expected population of 2050.

That an estimated 70 billion lbs of food are wasted in America each year.

That the harmless technology that farmers use to grow more food has anti-movements against

it.

And that farmers only receive an average 16 cents for every dollar spent on food.

But don’t fret, dear farmers of the past. There still exist passionate agriculturalists, and

we will advocate and work to positively promote agriculture until our last breath. If it

wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. So thank you, and don’t worry, for I

still believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our

national life.

Sincerely,

The Agriculturists of 2017

-Jessa G.

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