Richard DuarteArticle 6:“The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals”Blake HurstApril 27, 2018Author Note: Blake Hurst is a third-generation farmer from Missouri. He is also the President of the Board Of Directors and member of the Missouri Farm Bureau. He has been a member and volunteering forthirty-two years.Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty. It still is.Hurst believes that organic farming is unrealistic. He says he lives in the real world and he will not go organic even if a consumer forces his hand.Hurst believes people think farmers are too stupid to farm sustainably, too cruel to treat their animals well, and too careless to care about their families, their health, and their communities.People who criticize industrial farming are concerned more with how their food is raised.Hurst considers organic production to be troublesome.Hurst thinks that some of the largest farms in the country are organic, but are also giant organizations dependent upon hired stoop labor doing the most backbreaking of tasks.The most industrial farming are usually owned by family farmers that receive positive responses from consumers.
Corn farmers are owned by small family farmers, but they still use a great amount of energy to increase production, want more biotech breakthroughs, and raise huge quantities to sell to big corporations that turn the corn into industrial products.Most livestock is produced by family farmers.The poultry industry relies on family farms for the production of the birds.Biotech crops are said to cut the use of chemicals and increase food safety.