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Farming Trends  

I am quite new to tweeting and haven’t really figured out how to follow trends and have only mastered basic replies. So the intricacies of the original discussion was lost on me and I only found the article via Facebook. 

http://www.nurselovesfarmer.com/2015/03/an-open-letter-to-theo-fleury-about-agriculture/

I felt it was worth sharing and it sparked some comments on my feed. As a farmer’s daughter and a rancher’s sister I stand firmly on the supporting side of these hard working men and women. It’s hard and demanding and the outcome is always tied to the weather. They work diligently to produce quality food but in the last few years seem to be getting a bad rap because of GMO’s and BSE, to name a couple of issues. 

It’s interesting to note seeds have been modified since people realized that they could! The original carrot was not orange but modified this way to increase the vitamin uptake in it.  Seager Wheeler and Les Kerr were two local horticulturists inSaskatchewan who over years modified many things like flowers, shrubs and wheat. GMO’s do the same thing only faster and within a lab not in a field.  Peaches and cream corn is a perfect example — it didn’t just happen that way but someone worked with two strains to marry them together. Many people who have opinions about GMO products are unaware of all the facts and look for an easy scapegoat. 



In Theo Fleury’s reply he was also linking GMO products to autism. His numbers quoted as every second child in the Western Hemisphere seem high. The consensus on my Facebook feeds was that people are so desperate to blame higher autism rates on something that they are grasping at straws. Perhaps these  higher autism rates are largely based on a better diagnosis and a wider definition of what autism. Which brings us a long way from blaming it on the farmer with his chemicals or the rancher with the antibiotics. 



But this goes to show how quickly an article and its threads can go in different tangents. There are about 65 comments on Sarah’s original blog and they cover a broad spectrum of diverse thoughts. 

I have since followed the corresponding replies, the blocking and unblocking on Twitter and the subsequent conversation between Theo and Sarah. In the end they are both passionate about what they do but have agreed that they don’t see things eye to eye. If time permits he will stop in for a farm tour to educate himself further and that’s something I encourage all urban dwellers to do if the opportunity presents itself.  Sarah’s blog, which I linked,  had stats about how far away from farming most city dwellers are and it’s true. Advocating for agriculture isn’t something I’ve thought of in those specific terms but it turns out I’m in their corner just maybe not on their Twitter feed. 



Brown milk does not come from a brown cow.