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Check out the footnote, “Added fats and oils and added sugars are added to foods during processing or preparation.” Reducing processed foods in a person’s diet would drastically impact this portion.

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A little deviation from my typical content.

Well worth an hour of your time.

Thoughts?

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This morning I was checking my twitter stream and found this tweet: “But You Don’t Look Like a Farmer! http://bit.ly/obay0h #agchat” The tweet was from @agblogfeed and to be clear, agblogfeed is simply an aggregate account to promote all sorts of blog posts relating to agriculture.

The post is about farm wife (her phrase) that is meeting with some other women in or near Chicago to discuss perceptions about agriculture. The “city moms” are taken aback by how the farm wife is dressed, hence the title of the post, “But you don’t look like a farmer.” I think it’s great that this lady had the opportunity to explain more about what her family is doing and what American agriculture means to them, but as I read the post I couldn’t help stumble each time she referred to the other women as “city moms.” I couldn’t help but thing that the same prejudice that the farm wife was having to confront is the same sort of prejudice that allowed her to see the other women as “city moms.”

I used this lady’s blog post as a specific example of what I’ve seen happening a lot within the agriculture/city folk dichotomy. As issues of food security, agriculture sustainability, and the aging farming population continue to rise into mainstream conversations, those of us involved in producing food will continue to share about what we are doing. It is really easy to turn this sort of conversation into an us vs. them position. But if food provider’s continue to refer to other people in stereotypes then why should we expect others to do the same for us?

What do you think? Am I reading too much into this? Do you see examples of this in your relationships?

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