It is surprising and upsetting at the same time to see how people these days, especially kids do not even know where their food comes from. Most of them would answer, supermarket or the department store when you ask where do fruits and vegetables come from.
Their thinking is messed up and it is all thanks to us because we never told them the whole truth about the food we eat. How it is grown? Or who actually grows them for us in the first place. So it should be us adults who should teach children the truth behind foods.
Factories and industries ain’t the ones to grow foods that we eat. They only process them, that’s all. All the hard work that goes on while growing crops is done by the farmers. They are the real heroes of our lives who practically feed us.
These supermarkets and department stores are merely doing the job of a delivery person in bringing food to our tables. And people think they are the ones who are doing the hard work.
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Imagine you doing all the hard work at your organization. While someone else gets promoted and is recognized as the employee of the month/ year.
How would you feel? Pretty bad, right?
Likewise, it is a crime to not recognize the hard work of the farmers for all the sweat and blood they put into growing food for us. Don’t you agree?
But it is unlikely that they are going to seek recognition anytime now or in the future. It’s just the way they are. They do not want recognition or fame. No, not at all. They are as humble as one could get. Pure simple human beings doing their work.
And what do we have for them to offer in return? Nothing, not even a word of praise for all the hard work they put into growing food for us.
It is time that we start showing some respect for the real superheroes of this world instead of the reel ones. Time to learn about the savior of the earth and humanity. It is time to know the farmers.
Who are Farmers?
Farmers ain’t different from us, they are people just like us. They are people living ordinary lives doing extraordinary things. They’re the hands that feed the entire world population.
You could even say that they are the only beings created by God who can rival God itself. I am saying this because much like God gave us life, they give life to lifeless seeds and grow food from the soil. Yet they’re as humble as it gets.
Farmers are in fact the people who shape this entire world. They are our ancestors in the sense that every one of us has a farmer’s origin.
You might not believe my words now. But if you trackback your origin, you’ll be surprised to know that your father or forefathers were all farmers in the past.
It’s a shame that a popular online database ‘Wikipedia‘ addresses farmers as “people who do some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.”
It is absolutely not fair, especially when we give credit to the middleman, who earns a profit by brokerage, the credit for someone’s else work.It is a crime punishable by death, death from starvation to be precise.
The mentality that people have these days needs to be deleted permanently that they deserve to eat just because they pay for it.
Do you believe it’s fair to them?
If you think that you’re actually paying for the food when you buy it. Mind you, you couldn’t be more wrong in your entire life. You’re only paying for the services and not food. It’s more like you buying blood and paying for it.
But in fact, you only pay the charge which occurs while collecting and storing the blood and not for the blood itself. So, if you still think that you’re paying for the food you eat, think again.
If it still does not make sense to you then let me give you another example.
You pay 100 times more for the same food when you eat at a star restaurant than when you eat at ordinary places. It is because they charge you for their quality of service and not the food itself.
So who do you think is to be blamed for this misconception among people?
We are to be blamed
It is us who should be blamed for the growing misconception among our kids these days. As parents, it is our duty to teach our children the basics of life.
We are busy teaching our kids to study hard and get a good job so that they could live happy life. But we forget to introduce them to the hand that feeds us i.e. farmers.
Farmers are the backbone of this world and they are the ones feeding us. Without them, we will surely starve to death. Still, we choose to remain quiet about their contribution.
When we see our kids getting their hands dirty playing in the mud, we scold them saying it is not a good habit. Yet we forget that farmers work day and night on the field getting their entire body dirty so that we could eat.
So, how would you justify your statement “it is a bad habit to get your hands dirty by playing in the mud”?
You might as well try to justify farmers’ actions saying “it is their job to work in the fields just like we do at our offices.” And you could never be more wrong in your entire life.
One must not forget the fact that farming is not a job. It is in fact a way of life and no amount of money can possibly make up for what they do for us.
You could still live if you had no money and had food but it cannot be said the same the other way around. It makes perfect sense that we eat food when we feel hungry and not money. Doesn’t it?
Moral of the Story
The moral of the story is that we must not take things for granted. Learn to respect farmers who work day and night so that we could sleep tummy full.
Teach your kids that it is not a bad habit to dirty yourself in the mud. Tell them that they come from a family of farmers instead of telling them that they come from a family of doctors, lawyers, engineers, or scientists.
Take them to the countryside during the holidays so that they could build a healthy bond with nature. Tell them that they can always go to Hawaii for vacation as long as they’re growing strong and healthy.
Tell your kids that the best profession isn’t always the one that pays the highest. Rather the best profession is always the one that contributes to nature and mother earth.
Teach them to respect the food that they eat and show gratitude to the people who grow them. Tell them that life is not always about taking what you want but to provide others with their needs.