Back in September, I took my first trip over to Kansas and had the privilege of meeting farmers to learn more about the industry. Not only did I walk away with a better understanding of what they do but I also walked away with better respect for farmers, in regards to who they are and what they contribute.
I recently made a trip over to Kansas City where I not only got to hang out with some cool nutritionists, some of the best food bloggers from the previous tour and 2 of the sweetest farmers. After an informational few days, I summed up a few things farmers want us consumers to know (although I know there are plenty more I could add to the list if I had the time to chat with them more).
7 Things Farmers Want Consumers To Know
1. Sustainability is important to farmers so they can pass on to the next generation.
2. Farmers care about the food they are producing.
3. “Source Verified ” can also be misleading.
Fun Fact: Corn grows in red and yellow light and the white part of corn kernel is the embryo.
4. Any food you purchase in a U.S. grocery store is safe to eat. Is it the healthiest option? That’s definitely a personal choice!
5. Meat labeled “antibiotic free” is misleading because all meat you purchase at the grocery store has to be free from any traces of antibiotics—it’s against the law not to be.
6. When an animal product says “no hormones”, that isn’t necessarily true because all animals have hormones.
7. Both small and large farms are needed to feed the growing world population.
Want to know more about my farm visits back in September? Click here to check out all the deets. I had so much and learned so much. You can actually check out the 5 Things I learned about farming from my Kansas Farm Food Tour, here.
I can’t even imagine what our world would look like without farmers and I hope we never have to.
Disclosure: This Farmers Want Consumers To Know post is sponsored by Kansas Soybean Board, Kansas Farm Bureau, and Kansas Pork Association. However, all opinions are my own.