Julie Mehan railed against Rep. J. Paul Brown and the food supply in our nation (Letters, Herald, March 25).
I do not need to defend Brown he can adequately do that but let me remind you that we all enjoy government subsidies. If you or your children have attended public school, if members of your family have eaten a school lunch, if you have attended college or public training, then you have enjoyed government subsidies. If you travel on a public road, you enjoy the benefits of government assistance.
Yes, there is a subsidy for wool. Many wool producers have taken advantage of that source of income. Subsidies make the wool more affordable so the final product is affordable for the consumer.
I am most concerned about Mehans claim that the food supply in our nation is tainted or unhealthy. We can all point to some example that aims to discredit the food producers in this community and the nation. Please consider the source of that information. There are many self-interest groups that publish false, staged or outdated information to advance their cause. There have been abuses, but every effort is being made to produce a safe food supply.
Secondly, there is a lot of discussion about so-called factory farms. Not all food is produced on a large farming operation. The average family in the United States spends less than 10 percent of its income on food the lowest in the world. This affordable food supply often results from the economy of scale: It takes a similar capital outlay to farm 150 acres as it does to farm 50 acres. Organic food is more expensive to reflect the higher cost of production. If you can afford the higher cost of organic food, great.
I am concerned that the nutritional needs of many families are not being met. We need every avenue of production to meet the needs now and in the future. We, in this great nation, enjoy the safest, most nutritional and most affordable food supply in the world.
Tom C. Talley, chairman, La Plata County Farm Bureau, Durango