I think it is wonderful that the town’s Economic Development Commission is planning a Savor Smithfield week. However, in your article Sept. 16-22 was it necessary to bash the farmer with Stephanie McCulloch’s opinion on the number one environmental polluters?

First of all, this subject could be argued till the cows come home. Secondly, most farmers work very closely with Farm Service Agency and Nation Resource Conservation Service to be good stewards of the land and improve farming practices. Next, if she wants to educate on healthy eating she should try getting to know your farmer. Many local farms offer organic products or antibiotic- and hormone-free products that have been raised humanely.

Next, as a member of the EDC surely she knows how much money farms put back into the community. Our small farm puts hundreds of thousands of dollars back annually through things like farming supplies, feed, equipment, parts, processing fees, labor, not to mention taxes and insurance, the list goes on and on.

Perhaps if she wants to push vegetarian or vegan practices the EDC is not a good fit for her. Keep in mind: No farms, no food.

Kevin Bouthillette

Blackbird Farm

Smithfield

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