Food for Thought

Wheat pours from the spout

Provides food for all of us

Natures golden grain

Wheat fields make way for houses

Farmers gone // who feeds us then?

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, we are writing a poem on the prompt Wheat. Wheat is essential to life on earth, providing food for millions of people. The wheat field above is adjacent to the development where I live. This past year construction of a new housing development has started on our side of the highway. The county has rezoned the big wheat field across the road for housing as well. Who will feed us when farmers have all sold out to developers! We just assume bread will always be on the grocery shelves.

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59 thoughts on “Food for Thought

  1. So, SO true. This is brilliant, Dwight. We get so much from farmers, it’s easy to forget how essential they are. It’s always the things we take for granted, no?

    Beautifully written piece. ❤

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  2. Wheat is not my favourite topic and it’s essential to keep it OUT of my life. I’m anaphylactic to wheat even to buckwheat. Everything has wheat or glucose from wheat in it these days. I’m gluten free but it’s the wheat that kills.

    When I planned my USA trip in 2008, I needed to change the itinerary because of wheat harvesting in OHIO . Yes, airborne/smell would probably kill me. I don’t think anyone would like my poem if I wrote one about wheat. 😉

    I did enjoy yours. 🙂

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  3. My father was a man of the soil. It pained him so to see fertile farm land turn into highways and subdivisions. He would sigh lustily and say “One day the world will all be black top!”

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  4. This post is so eye-opening. We actually need to value our farms and our farmers more. Maybe people think houses are better on that land than wheat, or maybe they just could not find land elsewhere, so they bought the farmer’s land. We still have hope with the rise of vertical farming. Vertical farming does not need soil, it just needs water and nutrients, that could be the new way of doing things. This post from you reminded me of a certain Bible verse,

    The Bible says in Zechariah 10:1
    “Ask rain from the Lord in the season of the spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field”.

    God knows that we need to eat, it might happen in a different form than we expect, but he will provide what we need for sustenance when we ask. God is great, and it is so easy to see him in anything, because he is the author of everything.

    To anyone interested, please check out my blog here:
    I post about God, Faith, and Christianity.

    Great and informative post.
    May God be with you 🙂

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