The week of Thanksgiving reminds us all to be thankful for the many things we have in our lives: family, friends, health, homes, jobs, etc. In addition there is something most Americans take for granted but also couldn’t live without – food.
With a growing disconnect between farms and consumers, more and more people have no idea where their food comes from. They simply expect grocery stores and restaurants to have what they want, when they want it and at a reasonable price. Thanks to modern American agriculture, they usually do, which is truly amazing when you think about many facets involved.
Less than 2% of Americans spend their days growing, raising and sharing the nutrients that will soon be eaten by consumers around the world. Not only do we have the farmers and ranchers to thank, but also scientists, inspectors, retailers and transporters of food. These people provide our nation with the safest, most inexpensive, nutritious and widely abundant food supply in the entire world.
So when you sit down to eat on Thanksgiving or any other time for that matter, give food thanks among the many other things you have to be thankful for. Because that turkey, potatoes, corn, cranberries, bread and wine didn’t just magically find its way on to your table.
On Twitter? Share what foods you’re thankful for and why using the hashtag: #FoodThanks