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Giving Thanks to Farmers
For many here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is a holiday to gather with friends and family over good and abundant food, and reflect upon the things that we can be thankful for.
This Thanksgiving, the Global Harvest Initiative would like to give a special thanks to farmers across the world. Farmers bring the food, fiber, feed and fuel that make the world go around. Without farmers, we would not be able to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving items such as turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce.
In a November 23 Op-ed “Give thanks to our farmers,” David Waide, President of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation wrote:
“…As we gather around our Thanksgiving tables this year, I hope that everyone will be mindful that the food on your table does not just appear on the grocery shelf.
It is there because of a lot of research by our land-grant universities and entrepreneurship by the farming community.
I am proud to say that our agriculture community is still able to provide the domestic food source for every American. Our challenge remains, though, to be sure as a nation that we never sacrifice the ability we have to be able to feed, clothe, shelter and continue to increase the energy supply that we use as an industrial nation.”
And while it is true that we face daunting challenges in meeting the global agricultural demands of the future, we also have great potential and much to be thankful for.
So on behalf of the members of the Global Harvest Initiative on this holiday, we give our thanks to farmers across the globe.