November 25, 2010

Podcast: Thanking farmers and ranchers who provides so much for so many for so little

In this podcast, Mat Habrock of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association notes that Thanksgiving is an opportunity to appreciate all we have been given and to thank all the farmers and ranchers whose bounty provides so much for so many for so little.

"The value of our Thanksgiving dinner in and of itself is something to be thankful for," he said, in reference to the affordability of the food, especially when compared to other countries. "Thanks to the continuous gains made by American farmers, we are blessed with the most affordable, nutritious and safe food supply in the world," Habrock said.

Yet even with farmers and the agriculture sector providing so much, there are people who struggle to put food on the table. "While we all do what we can, I can’t imagine where we would be if some people had their way and forced unnecessary changes through the system that would increase food prices 25 to 50 percent," he said. "While I recognize it is easy to be critical of the food system when you have a full belly, we should be thankful for what we have and how far we’ve come."

In conclusion, Habrock said while you enjoy the leftovers from this year’s Thanksgiving feast, reveling in the traditions surrounding friends, family and food, "be sure to keep in mind a word of thanks for the farmers and ranchers out there who work for the benefit of us all."

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