Mayor Attacks Ag!
Ag strips the natural resources and contaminates our groundwater and air.
May 21, 2018
Erik Wilson is a co-founder of My Job Depends on Ag. He ran across the comment below by Carlton Jones, the Mayor of Tulare and posted it on the MJDOA facebook page where it generated considerable debate. This is his post:
Here's your Mayor Tulare, Ca home to the World Ag Expo. The most productive agricultural county in the entire USA. Tulare Ag generates more dollars alone than some states do. And this is your mayor? What a complete moron.
Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones - "You're having a conservation with someone in your head. Ag depends on the people. Ag strips the natural resources and contaminates our groundwater and air. Ag causes asthma and valley fever, cancer and kills bees. You can't educate me. You're trained. You can share with me what you're trained to think. We can debate the difference between what you think and what I think."
If you want to see the debate this generated you can go to the My Job Depends on Ag facebook page and see how everything has been discussed. We would only like to say that our Families Protecting the Valley organization occasionally gets suggestions from our newsletter readers that we spread our pro-farming message to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our response has been that we first need to spread our message right here in the Valley. Anti-farming organizations like the NRDC have spread their messages and done a far better job of marketing their ideas than has agriculture. Some take it for granted that elected officials in the Valley are all on the side of agriculture, but it's not necessarily the case as we can see in this example.
Farmers already have to fight the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Water Commission, the State Legislature, the Governor, the NRDC, etc. We don't need to fight our own Mayors.
Don't ever assume that your elected officials are on the side of ag. How did this man become the Mayor of Tulare, the home of the World Ag Expo? The Mayor of Tulare should be all-in on ag. How can we expect to educate the rest of the state on the value of agriculture if we can't even elect people right here who believe it?
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