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AG GROUPS RILED AT TIME ARTICLE; CALL FOR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The Time magazine cover story bashing modern agriculture production has raised the ire of numerous ag groups - and they're letting their voices be heard while encouraging individual farmers to share their opinions about the story with Time's editorial board.

Dairy Herd Management Online includes a direct link to Time's Letter to the Editor form as well as a link to American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman's letter to Time's editor and links to other ag industry comments on the story.

Stallman's letter begins with a quote from a Time cover story published in 1978 that's complimentary to the modern farmer. Stallman says Time's "contemporary reporters would do well to take a comprehensive lesson in objectivity and good journalism from their predecessors."

Stallman says Bryan Walsh, the author of the current Time cover story - 'Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food' launches a "vicious attack on modern farmers and the processes they use to care for the land, their animals, their neighbors and communities."

Stallman calls it a "full-blown opinion piece disguised as news."

He expresses to Time's editors that as for farmers - quote - "we will stand tall knowing that Americans today have once again fallen in love with American food, and due in part to the healthy food we produce, they are living longer than ever before."

Whether Stallman's and similar letters will be published in the next issue of Time is up to the publication's editors.


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