The question continues, why any average American doesn’t like any average modern farmer. Never mind on a continental scale we share the same chemistry, share the same evolution to bigness, whether big agriculture, big machinery, big transportation, big medicine, big oil, big trade.
The average consumer is driving an average car that has more horsepower than the average tractor but doesn’t have any more mission than what a VW Beetle had 50 years ago, at 30-some horsepower.
The modern farm is a trove of labor-saving appliances that once were hand labor, there is the chemistry of herbicides, growth hormones, those marvelous insecticides.
Agriculture is as plastic as every American household and institution. We can throw a switch to unload a silo, fill a bin with potatoes, empty a bunker of forage grass, robots milk cows, we’ve replaced silos with polyethylene wrap.
With all our cultural similarities, “how come they don’t like us” starts to sound a touch emotive, expressive of perhaps less reality than a posture… an attitude.
Pardon… as I go off-signal for a little story-telling…