If you don’t follow current events much, you may have missed the Wikileaks story. It’s a fascinating one, dealing with technology and government, and the fundamental belief by many today that all information should be free and open. Bottom line, hundreds of thousands of internal and some very highly confidential government documents have been leaked to the public.
I see two important points here, so far, there’s nothing sensational… There’s no plots by the US government to assassinate foreign leaders, there’s no new “Iran-Contra” scandals, there’s no big revelation of a secret government effort to cover up the “real” details on 9/11. In short, while there’s lots of juicy little tidbits here and there, there’s not a lot of significant news. Surely that must be a bit disappointing to all the conspiracy theorists? I mean, with the massive amount of information that’s been leaked, if our government was really covering up some of the awful things the’ve been accused of, surely it would show up somewhere?
Which brings me to my second point: Saw this tweet from Jeremiah Owyang: “Wikileaks proves there really aren’t any secrets anymore. If the US Gov can’t keep info quiet, who can?” Think about that statement from what you often see the agriculture industry accused of on Twitter.
There’s a lot of change happening in ag, some if it is concerning, sometimes we wonder where the future will lead. I just was sent a very well written post on this topic “The Vanishing American” Difficult issues there for sure, but lets start by dealing with reality, unlike what some would have you believe, we find not one shred of evidence that there’s some vast conspiracy by large, corporate agriculture to destroy the family farm. There’s not one bit of evidence that any of these companies or organizations have little but there stated, public objectives as their purpose.
If the contrary was true, why don’t we seen any “Agribusiness Wikeleaks”? If there’s all kinds of secret, behind closed doors scheming going on, in the age we live in, surely some of it would have leaked out?
The challenges we face in agriculture are significant, from a public that’s skeptical of modern production practices to the challenges of fewer and fewer farm families. To solve those problems we have to start with an honest assessment and evaluation of whats causing them, and not follow whatever the current hot meme may be.