Shades of Gray


One of the biggest problems in society today is the pre-disposition to draw lines, to assign black or white, so to speak. What many people have lost touch with is the fact that life is made up entirely of shades of gray. This is 100% true when it comes to farming.

No two fields are alike. No two farms are alike. No two farmers are alike. This seems to be the fact than many people are missing these days.
Folks hear the term “conventional agriculture” and assume that the farms in question are dehumanized, industrial wastelands that suck the life from the Earth. This isn’t the case, at all. Farmers specialize the care of their animals, plants, and land. There is no one-size-fits-all method to farming.
New technology makes this even more true. The use of GPS can allow farmers to get specific in their care of crops and land, down to the very foot.
It’s important to make sure the people of the United States, the majority of which have never been on any type of farm, understand that there is no single standard that defines what a good farm is. Different methods work are needed for every farmer, field, animal, location, and product. Just because some practice is different does not mean it is necessarily bad.
I’ll highlight again on the “us or them” mentality than tends to stand between organic and conventional farmers. This should not exist. By promoting that ideal, the black-or-white view increases and the shades of gray are washed out.
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