Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Agriculture: The Foundation of Life for all

As we think about the role agriculture plays in our state and nation, we should keep in mind agriculture is not just a way of life for farmers and ranchers, it is the foundation of life for all.

Texas and American farmers and ranchers produce the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world. Want proof?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, citizens in the United States on average only spend 7 percent of their consumer dollar on food. This compares to the United Kingdom at 9 percent, Mexico at 24 percent, India at 32 percent and China at 35 percent. Be sure to let your federal officials know this as they contemplate making changes to the safety net for American farmers and ranchers that could result in catastrophic changes to our affordable food supply.

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