The 2% Project
Recently the Occupy this/that/ and the other movements have been increasing in popularity around the country. This movement has brought many issues to the forefront of the media who have passed those concerns along to the rest of the American public. One resounding thing that has come out of the Occupy movement has been percentages. By now I’m sure you’ve heard about 1% this, 53% that, and 99% the other. After seeing the protests and hearing all the talk on the percentages I was inspired to tweet this to my twitter feed:
“I am of the 2%. The 2% who chooses to work hard to produce quality #food products for the 98%. I am a #farmer #occupycombine”
That single tweet has been retweeted (passed along to other tweeters) countless times by others and has basically gone viral in the ag twitter world as of late. After seeing the huge response for that tweet, I was inspired to create this blog with the intentions of telling the Farmer’s Story.
These days, the average person is said to be 3 generations removed from direct contact with the farm. This fact translates to a mere 2% of the world’s population who actually farms, produces, raises, creates (if you will) todays food products. With only 2 out of every one hundred people actually producing food for everyone else, it’s no surprise that the general publics knowledge of farms in general, knowledge of where their food comes from and knowledge of how their food is raised, grown and cared for, is not as strong as it should be.
In the coming months, this blog will begin to tell the Story of the American Farmer, to educate the public about farms and food, as well as bridge the generational gap between the general public and todays Modern Farmer.
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