I spend quite a bit of time reading the writings of people concerned with food, and yet more time talking with them. A constant refrain is that we need more small farms, hence more farmers. Another is that we need to get to know our farmers, to trust our farmers. And this last weekend I was at a conference in New Orleans on the Farm to Table Movement.
So from time to time I mention that my father, who had a degree from Cambridge University in Modern Languages and Economics, was a farmer.
The response. If your father had a degree from Cambridge, why would he farm?