Opinion: Farming in a fishbowl

How do we (consumers) define transparency? Is it being able to receive honest/open answers for the questions we ask? OR Is it the sharing of information and education before the topic/subject ever becomes an issue? Does it make a difference if a [company, individual, farm, entity] shares information before it becomes a headline?

Katie has a great post here, and it definitely does feel like we are “farming in a fishbowl” at times when we are scrutinized for every move we make.


Katie Pratt is a corn and soybean family farmer in Illinois and serves as a Face of Farming & Ranching for U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. Read more about her on her blog and follow her on Twitter @KatiePratt4.

The word of the day in agriculture is “transparency.”

As the debate rages over the pros and cons of labeling things from fruits and vegetables to cereal, ground beef, soil and plastics, we farmers and ranchers continue to greet each sunrise doing what we do: plant, protect, grow, raise, care, nurture, conserve, preserve, maintain, and improve their crops, land and livestock.

It’s all part of the job and the life we have chosen for seven generations on our farm. We grow corn, soybeans and seed corn, and we do plant genetically modified varieties. I’ll tell you why.

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