Opinion: Good News Is Getting Harder To Find

Paul Rusnak

I hate watching the 11 o’clock news. Every night, it’s the same. The front half of the newscast is loaded with depressing, shocking, and often appalling news items that make “The Walking Dead” look like a walk in the park. If you can stomach through the “news” segment to the weather, sports, and the silly story of the day, you’ve most likely ingested enough material to thwart any chance of sound sleep thereafter.

I know, I get it — the world is not always a pleasant place. Recent events in Boston and West, TX, are testament to that. However, it seems to be getting worse. Or maybe it’s just the mainstream media showing us the proverbial and literal trainwrecks that we can’t turn away from. Whatever the case may be, I’ve had it, and I can’t be the only one fatigued by the fodder.

Times like these make me sing to myself lyrics by one of my favorite surfer/singer/songwriters Jack Johnson, “Where’d all the good people go?” That’s a fair question, Jack. They’re still out there. It’s just harder to find them when tuning in and logging on.

A Dirty Shame

Even when there are literally two sides to a story, the more positive half doesn’t get nearly the attention as its darker side. For example, a year cannot go by without the airing out of the “Dirty Dozen.” I’ve touched on this topic before in this column, but not from this angle. The list, compiled and presented by the Environmental Working Group, comprises 12 fruits and veggies shown to carry higher pesticide residues. The release of the list, which is part of the consumer advocacy group’s annual shopper’s guide, has an aggressive PR campaign. All the media outlets seem to eat it up while those in ag circles work their own damage control.
Interestingly enough, the other half of the shopper’s guide is a listing of 15 fruits and vegetables that are shown to carry little pesticide loads. While the “Clean Fifteen” celebrates produce consumption, it’s the dirty perpetrator that takes the cake. 

Silver Lining For Citrus

Focusing on the negative isn’t something we like to do. But sometimes you can’t avoid it, especially when covering the main issues/challenges facing today’s farmers. Citrus growers, in particular, have had little to smile about in recent years. However, the flip side to this story is the yeoman’s work being put forth by researchers and growers — much behind the scenes. One individual in the thick of it all is this year’s Florida Grower Citrus Achievement Award winner, Bobby Barben. Recognized by peers and associates, Bobby stands out as a worthy recipient for his efforts and leadership during a tough time.

I suppose without experiencing difficulty, it’s harder to appreciate the good people do. Congrats, Bobby! Thanks for all you do and for helping me end this column on a positive note.

Topics: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Citrus Stories
CitrusBad Weather Or Not, Preparation Always On Radar For Florida Farmers [Opinion]
May 19, 2015
You cannot prevent a natural disaster from taking everything you have, but you can lessen the blow if and when it happens. Read More
CitrusSave Your Greenhouse Structures From Storms
May 19, 2015
Make sure your protected agriculture components are prepared for whatever may blow this way. Read More
BB Hobbs Inc. warehouse in Plant City, FL
CitrusBB Hobbs Bolsters Business In Central Florida
May 18, 2015
Irrigation specialists celebrate opening of new branch warehouse in Plant City. Read More
CitrusHouse Votes To Stop “Flawed” Waters Of The United States Rule
May 15, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives approved this week bipartisan legislation that requires the withdrawal of the Waters of the United Read More
CitrusPointers On How To Save Money, Increase Sprayer Efficiency
May 15, 2015
Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the Read More
Wes Roan of Lipman Produce talks with participants of FFVA's Spring Regulatory Tour.
CitrusFlorida Farming Show & Tell Earns Regulators’ Respect
May 15, 2015
FFVA's annual Spring Regulatory Tour allows those who write regulations controlling water, crop protection chemicals, food safety, and more an opportunity to see production practices firsthand. Read More
CitrusUSDA Announces $11.9M In Assistance For Organic Certification
May 14, 2015
Following on the heels of the USDA’s announcement of record growth in the organic sector, the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service Read More
The Latest
Expansion groundbreaking for Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
CitrusSouthwest Florida Research And Education Center Embraci…
May 20, 2015
A 7,000-square-foot addition to the UF/IFAS facility will house labs and offices for potential new faculty members. Read More
storm clouds
CitrusSouth Florida Rainy Season Could Wind Up On Drier Side
May 20, 2015
National Weather Service anticipating El Niño to play a hand in possible below-normal conditions. Read More
CitrusBad Weather Or Not, Preparation Always On Radar For Flo…
May 19, 2015
You cannot prevent a natural disaster from taking everything you have, but you can lessen the blow if and when it happens. Read More
CitrusSave Your Greenhouse Structures From Storms
May 19, 2015
Make sure your protected agriculture components are prepared for whatever may blow this way. Read More
BB Hobbs Inc. warehouse in Plant City, FL
CitrusBB Hobbs Bolsters Business In Central Florida
May 18, 2015
Irrigation specialists celebrate opening of new branch warehouse in Plant City. Read More
CitrusHouse Votes To Stop “Flawed” Waters Of The United State…
May 15, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives approved this week bipartisan legislation that requires the withdrawal of the Waters of the United Read More
CitrusPointers On How To Save Money, Increase Sprayer Efficie…
May 15, 2015
Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the Read More
Wes Roan of Lipman Produce talks with participants of FFVA's Spring Regulatory Tour.
CitrusFlorida Farming Show & Tell Earns Regulators’…
May 15, 2015
FFVA's annual Spring Regulatory Tour allows those who write regulations controlling water, crop protection chemicals, food safety, and more an opportunity to see production practices firsthand. Read More
CitrusUSDA Announces $11.9M In Assistance For Organic Certifi…
May 14, 2015
Following on the heels of the USDA’s announcement of record growth in the organic sector, the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service Read More
CitrusBeekeepers Lost 40% Of Bees In 2014-15
May 14, 2015
Beekeepers across the U.S. lost more than 40% of their honey bee colonies from April 2014 to April 2015, according to the latest results of Read More
CitrusReport: Florida Agriculture Property Values Remain Firm
May 12, 2015
Lay of the land confirms farm tracts are good investment. Read More
CitrusFlorida Orange Crop Now Projected To Be Lowest In Nearl…
May 12, 2015
Not since the 1965-1966 season have production numbers looked so bleak. Read More
CitrusImportant Crop Insurance Deadline Nearing For Growers
May 12, 2015
Specialty crop, other producers need to certify conservation compliance by June 1. Read More
CitrusAbout 58,000 Jobs In Agriculture And Related Fields Are…
May 12, 2015
National report says the jobs reflect a need for a skilled and trained workforce to support a growing population. Read More
CitrusEPA Approves Experimental Use Permit Of Spinach Trait T…
May 8, 2015
Agency allows potential breakthrough to move forward for further testing. Read More
CitrusSyngenta Rejects Monsanto’s Buyout Bid
May 8, 2015
Company says $45 billion offer undervalues future prospects. Read More
CitrusMediterranean Fruit Fly Found In JFK Airport
May 5, 2015
The Mediterranean fruit fly, one of the world’s most destructive pests, was recently intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Read More
CitrusHow You Can Survive The Mobilegeddon
May 4, 2015
The Mobilegeddon is upon us. No, this isn’t a time to prepare disaster bunkers, or buy canned food in bulk. Read More