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This political and PR nightmare is not what Central Coast growers — or any farmers for that matter — need. But it’s one that farmers have invited upon themselves by agreeing with cities to take toxic water from wastewater treatment plants and use it to irrigate the crops we eat.
Then again in today’s global economy you might not even buy the food produced locally. Check the labels of the fruit and vegetables (if you can find a label) on the fresh produce you buy at the grocery store. Avocados and melons from Mexico might sit a bin or two down from the fruit grown in Chile. What kind of phytosanitary rules governed the production of those fruits and vegetables before being imported into the United States?
So why do farmers continue to support politicians who regularly vote to cut their water supplies, take their land, and regulate their ability to do business because some well-paid whiner claims that growing the food that feeds the nation isn’t as important as some bug, fish, mammal or reptile?
Today the California Farm Bureau Federation announced its support for Carly Fiorina for US Senate to replace Barbara Boxer.
Take for example the farm groups that consistently gives money to Democrats thinking that maybe someday these Democratic lawmakers might, kind of, maybe see things their way and stop writing laws that take their water, land and livelihoods.
Farmers have long been innovators in many ways. In fact farmers from around the world will gather next week at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA to consider the purchase of new technologies that will further make them more efficient. They’ve had to be more efficient.
While farmers have worked to educate themselves, have made strides in becoming more efficient in their practices, and have even joined forces to lobby their elected representatives, they’ve done little at best to educate their customers — the American public — about just what it is they do, how they do it, and why what they do is so important.
American-grown chiles have scored better in taste tests, particularly those from the Hatch, NM area, and in restaurant surveys than foreign-grown chiles. Ironically, the consumption of chile peppers in the United States has increased, according to the New Mexico Chile Association, while we continue to decrease our domestic production.