When you think of who grows your food, who do you picture? If it’s a grizzled old Andy Griffith-like character, you’re probably not alone. But you’re missing a big part of the picture.
Last night, one of the favorite Super Bowl Ads was #LikeAGirl, an online video that spread last summer. The video has now taken a simple message to the big game: being #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.
It also sparked some of our favorite agriculture tweets of the night.
Which brings us to the faces of the people growing your food. The USDA census reports that women make up 14 percent of principal farm operators and 30 percent of all farm operators. Globally, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) reports that rural women produce half of the world’s food. In developing countries, women grow between 60 percent and 80 percent of food crops!
So why does it matter how much we know about the men and women growing our food in the US and all over the world?
Food production may feel far away, but around the country and the world, hardworking men and women are making sure it’s done safely, affordably – and yes, deliciously. They’re driving tractors, caring for livestock, and harvesting the food you need. And many of them are doing it #LikeAGirl.