Monday, August 20, 2007

Buy American Fruit

Quite a while ago, I watched a movie about an apple farmer in Washington titled "Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the new American Farmer." This was an excellent documentary that pointed out the plight that many apple farmers face from new stiff overseas competition. It also dove a little into agribusiness, and how hard it is for these guys who have 20-200 acres to even get their fruit to market. They have to go through packer, who then goes through wholesaler, who then sells it to the supermarket chains who then sells it to you. Think of that 25 cents apple and how much of that gets back to the actual farmer.

So I would encourage all of you out there to see this movie, and also to purchase American fruit whenever possible. People might laugh and say this is the natural evolution of the market, but I say it is a literal matter of national security. We must produce our own food. If we lose that then we lose all ability to be self-sustaining and self-reliant. Lets not let what has happened with oil also happen with our food. So check those labels, and if you can get American, please do so.

1 comment:

srah said...

That's a good idea not just for fruit, but for all things as well. Have you seen this?

It's worth aspiring to...