A recent LA Times article entitled “The Facts About Food and Farming” is worth a read, particularly for any of us who feel strongly about food and farming issues on a national or global level.
In the article, writer Russ Parsons outlines a few “ground rules” he proposes for moving forward what has become a too-heated, too-polarizing conversation. And it’s hardly a “conversation”; more, a screaming match:
The bottom line is that the issues with food system are real, and the growing population is real. We do need to come to some solutions – or at least be able to come to the table and have a civilized meal together, right?
To that end Parsons puts forth some undeniable truths that we can all agree on. Some zingers include:
* Agriculture is a business. Farming without a financial motive is gardening.
* Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
* Quality is more expensive than quantity.
Read on for the full list of “ground rules.” Sure, some of this might seem pretty obvious, but these are easily forgotten, especially given that this is our livelihood we’re talking about.