4 Things Farmers Are Tired Of Hearing

4 Things Farmers Are Tired Of Hearing

Don't mind me just trying to feed the world and educate the public.
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As a farmer I've heard lots of bizarre thoughts, random misconceptions and have answered more than my fair share of questions about my industry. For the most part, I don't mind. I love educating the public about agriculture. But there's a few things as a farmer I'm tired of hearing.

1. Any one sided argument about the evils of GMO's

Everyone's titled to their opinions, but if you can only tell me that GMO's are 'bad for you' without providing any proof AND you won't listen to me, then I immediately stop caring about that opinion.

2. A rant about your vegan lifestyle we didn't ask about

Conversating about ideas and lifestyles is actually great, but an unsolicited rant about why vegan is better and why the whole world should convert is not a conversation.

3. Anything sourced or cited from PETA

I will immediately disregard or discredit any propeganda you've obtained from or agrument you learned from PETA. PETA is trash. PETA used false propeganda and scare tactics. PETA kills more animals than it saves. Please, can't we all just agree they suck?

4. A bizare notion us being heartless or greedy

Believe it or not, I don't farm for the money. I farm because I care about people. I farm because I want to feed the world. I love my livestock, I love my land, I love my people and I love what I do.

Next time, talk to a farmer, ask questions. You'd be suprised what you might learn.


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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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1. The world is so beautiful

I think sometimes we forget that time isn’t limitless. We forget that the days are going by and we are missing things because we think there will always be another day to see them. We often don’t take the time to really take in just how beautiful our world is and what it has to offer. Even on its rainy and gloomy days, it is beautiful. Even when there is devastation or tragedy, something beautiful will come from it. We spend so much time focusing on what we want to do and looking at pictures of all the places we would love to go to. Let’s start exploring the places we want to go and doing the things we want to do because it is so much more striking when you see it in person.

2. Someone has to be the light

In a time where darkness seems to be the only thing we see nowadays, we need the lights. We live in a world where going to school or going to a concert have become scary places instead of joyous places. And while that does make us afraid and on edge, we have to push through and realize that if we don’t continue to live our lives, the darkness will take over. We have to come together and take control of our lives and the people around us. It is on us to live every day in hope and gratitude rather than fear. Let’s be the lights in the dark days and let’s continue to make the good days outshine the bad.

3. Because there’s no other way to truly live

I think the presence of social media has deterred many people from living the life they dream about because the photos and videos make it seem so unrealistic. We go through life comparing ourselves to the pictures and the personas so many of these people put on. It makes us not want to live our lives because we think it can never compare to those that “have more” than we do. One thing no one can have more of than you is the will to do and the will do see all that you want. Everyone is entitled to live the life they choose and if we don’t start actually living it, the days will continue to go by and things will continue to happen because until we take control of our lives, someone or something else will. Let’s go out there and make the world ours. After all, it doesn’t belong to one, single person anyway.

Let’s take the power we have today and make it change the tomorrows. No one can live our lives for us and no one can make us do the things we want to do. It’s on us, and isn’t that the most special thing?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did.” — Mark Twain
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