Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack gave a passionate defense of conventional agriculture at a Senate hearing this week and got into a dispute with a cable TV show in the process, reports the DesMoines Register.

The public owes farmers gratitude for how little Americans pay for food, an estimated 10 percent of their average income, Vilsack told the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“You may never need a police officer. I hope you never need a police officer. But every day, two or three times a day, you need a farmer,” he said.

According to the report by the DesMoines Register, Vilsack also slammed the news media for reports critical of farming. Vilsack singled out a recent segment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe talk show that featured a book that portrayed agriculture as the “the worst thing that ever happened to humankind.”

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Source: DesMoines Register