December 24, 2008

Modern agriculture: No longer a '57 Chevy

Lori Potter of the Kearney Hub wrote a good piece on Charlie Arnot's presentation to the Nebraska Ag Classic last week. Arnot (pictured) is chief executive officer of the Center for Food Integrity. He also heads up CMA Consulting.

The article includes some nuggets on a consumer survey that focuses on food costs, food safety issues and the overall confidence in the U.S. food system. Arnot also addressed activists activities towards animal production and modern farming.

Here are a few lines from Lori's article, which you can view in full here.

Agriculture has changed dramatically in the past 50 years, with new technologies; consolidation in production, processing and retailing; and closer ties between links in the food chain. However, people in agriculture have failed to keep consumers informed of and confident in modern methods to grow and process food.

Arnot said many consumers still want "farm" to mean a barn, a few cows and a tilted silo.

"Comparing modern farming with that image is like comparing today’s automobile to a '57 Chevy." He said it's a beautiful car, but has no power steering, power brakes, air conditioning or emission controls, and gets poor gas mileage. "I don’t want to drive a ’57 Chevy."

...And we
shouldn't expect agriculture producers to do so, either.

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