Hardworking farmers are being unfairly maligned

I’ve been farming for over 45 years. During that time, farmers have grown and shipped billions of tons of healthy food to people who don’t grow their own. Soon, there will be even more people to feed, and we farmers will continue to do our part to make their lives better.

It’s hard for me to understand the ungrateful people who attack farmers for what we do. They demand that we grow and eat food only a certain way, but very few have actually tried to farm for themselves.

They demand that we stop our operations, as if our life’s work is evil, and millions of people with full bellies and warm clothes are now at serious risk.

When I was a young farmer, my job was to make needed changes to agriculture and continue to improve. I worked for productive change and still do. Thanks to modern agriculture, our food supply is safer today than it has ever been. Safe and beneficial genetically engineered crops are an important part of agriculture today, and have been for many years.

Today, fewer than 2 percent of Americans work in agriculture, yet we produce the base for over 60 percent of the nation’s economy. We’re doing our part.

I’m saddened to hear the misinformation and insults about my life’s work, but I know the truth. What we’ve done so far has been good for the world and, if treated respectfully, our young farmers will do even better.

Raymond Foster