During this time of year when we gather to celebrate the holidays and give thanks for our blessings with family and friends, we often join together around a table filled with the safest, healthiest, most affordable food supply in the world. To me, that also gives us reason to be thankful for living in a state that has a history rich in agriculture. So the letter to the editor entitled “scary industry” was particularly disturbing to me as it vilified the agricultural industry, particularly livestock producers.
It is sad that in this land of plenty when a wealth of reputable information resides at our fingertips, the author of this letter is woefully misinformed and blatantly inaccurate on every single issue he raises.
While 72 percent of consumers admit to knowing very little to nothing about farming and ranching, 70 percent of consumers say their purchase decisions are affected by how food is grown and raised.
As an Indiana corn and soybean farmer, it is my sincere hope that consumers with questions about how their food is produced actually take the time to visit local producers and farmers and ask questions about how we grow our crops and how animals are raised before blindly accepting such inaccurate claims as those made by this letter.