Farmers started daylight saving time? More pop culture nonsense

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A friend pointed out recently that a comic named Pete Holmes took a cheap shot at farmers. He blames them for Daylight Saving Time (DST) and acts out a few unfortunate caricatures.

I won’t post the link because we have rules about certain language here. I’m not trying to be judgmental. It was humor, not history, but our rules are what they are. The clip is easy enough to find on YouTube.

This guy is not the first and won’t be the last to sucker punch the reputation of farmers and ranchers. Hey, that sums up Chipotle’s marketing plan. I don’t want to overreact, but farmers aren’t responsible for Daylight Saving Time.

In fact, the opposite is true. Many farmers oppose daylight saving time.  Years ago, the Farm Bureau had an official policy against it.

Modern agriculture pretty much ignores the clock. The equipment and the people are geared to work long into the night at certain times of the year, like planting and harvest.  Check out this YouTube video. The images are kind of hard to see—a moving combine offloading wheat into a grain buggy at NIGHT. The reason farm and ranch families don’t care for DST is that PTA meetings, school plays and little league ball games occur earlier, during working time.

This history of DST  does even more to set the record straight.

No hard feelings, Pete. It’s just a teachable moment that’s hard to pass up.  The lesson is that if the pop culture talks about agriculture at all, it’s probably nonsense.



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