PLEASE! Stop The Finger Pointing

“Remember, when you are pointing your finger, you have three others pointing back at you.”

This old adage has never been more relevant. It saddens me to see the accusations and inflammatory remarks flying through the social media streams, particularly in the arena of agriculture: food, fiber, shelter and the production of those resources.

There is nothing to be gained by “yelling” at one another.

Progress can only be achieved through civil conversations.

There is much to be gained by listening for understanding by all sides of the issues surrounding the production of the resources we ALL depend upon.

We are ALL consumers; food nutrition, safety and wholesomeness are things we ALL are concerned about.

I for one am looking forward to the upcoming Food Dialogues and Town Hall discussions and urge you to join The Food Dialogues presented by U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.

“Americans have a lot of questions about how food is raised, the impact on our health and the health of the planet. Today it seems there are more questions than answers. Join us on September 22 @ 11:30am EDT for The Food Dialogues – the launch of a new effort to bring together different viewpoints on farming and ranching and the future of food to solve our most challenging problems.”

This is a wonderful opportunity for all participants to be able to listen with open minds and hear what the concerns are, what potential solutions exists and begin to nurture valuable relationships moving into the future.

To those involved in agriculture…listen for understanding, hear the concerns, look for opportunities to reach out and embrace the conversation with a positive attitude.

  1. October 19, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    Hi Jeff, I’ve really enjoyed reading some of your posts. I have no background in agriculture personally, but my grandfather raised cattle when he wasn’t operating his meat packing and sausage making business. I appreciate your perspective as a rancher. I have been writing about the meat supply chain from my perspective, and it sounds like we both agree that the issues and questions will be solved and answered by the development of trust in relationships. Isn’t trust what government regulation tries to create, anyway. We all want what is good for us, but the only way to achieve that is to work together, not an intervening third party that is so far removed from either side to understand the relationships.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      October 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Joe, thank you for taking the time to post. Agree 100% that we must build positive relationships and trust through open and honest conversations.

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