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I recently objected to a social media post where a dairy farmer berated his audience for not being more grateful for the milk in their Sunday morning cafe while working on the farm.
OPINION: Like many silly ideas, the Thank a Farmer hashtag that popped up on social media and even popped up during the recent farmers’ protest can trace its origins to the United States.
It was a silly feeling when he was born there in the 1800s, and it didn’t improve in the next 300 years.
I recently objected to the concept in response to a social media post where a young local dairy farmer berated his audience for not being more grateful for the milk in their Sunday morning cafe while working on the farm.
I was confused. My milk goes to the Clandeboye factory, where it is processed into powdered milk or mozzarella. Do I deserve the thanks from the Sunday morning coffee drinkers or is it just for the farmers who produce the 5% dairy that is not exported?
Fonterra takes the levels of fat and protein in milk into account when purchasing it from farmers.
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Are latte lovers supposed to call me personally, post an ad in the local newspaper, or just message me directly on Twitter?
I will thank a barista, I will thank a bus driver, and I will thank anyone in hospitality, but the idea that a dairy farmer should be publicly praised for choosing to do a hard job in the hope of making a profit is so ridiculous and cringe. to induce it makes me wince.
It wasn’t long before someone came up to the young man’s defense and suggested that farmers weren’t supposed to be thanked specifically for their produce, but thanked for keeping the economy afloat, especially during the last two years.
Now, I’m the first person to talk about the impact of the primary sector on the New Zealand economy, and in particular the dairy industry. Primary industry’s contribution to GDP climbed to 10% in 2020 thanks to a decimated tourism industry.
There is no doubt that the $ 48 billion contributed by the primary sector in 2020 provided a vital cushion against the economic devastation caused by a global pandemic.
There is no doubt that agriculture is crucial to the economy of this country, but during last year’s lockdown I got up every morning and went to work. A Fonterra tanker would arrive every day and collect the milk. I got paid, the staff got paid, and the farm made a profit.
Restaurant owners and other hospitality and tourism professionals have not been so lucky. While most of the farmers continued to operate as usual, other industries were laying off staff, closing the doors of their shops and cafes and facing a very uncertain future.
It is infuriating to expect the people who have lost so much and are still trying to recover from the impacts of the pandemic to stop to appreciate the fact that farmers are doing well.
If it had been a foot-and-mouth disease raid instead of Covid-19 and I had lost everything I’m sure I wouldn’t thank my good stars the tour operators were OK while I stood in line for the allowance. Jobseeker.
We already have a method in New Zealand of thanking people for doing their jobs, it’s called the honors system.
Failing to be chivalrous, as a farmer, there is only one way for the public to thank me: by happily paying a fair price for what I produce and not regretting how I earn my money. life.