Notice this letter to the editor in our local paper.
Bruce Hansen writes,
I have been asked, ‘If I am a Mormon, why do I grow malting barley?’ I am a farmer, not an activist. I produce commodities not as a hobby or to pass time, it is my profession. I seek opportunities to grow alfalfa, potatoes, wheat, barley, oil seed, etc. I look at what I am able to grow most profitably given my resources and the markets. Yes, I would rather grow wheat and feed the world than grow malting barley, but ultimately it is my family that I must feed. True, we believe that alcohol ‘is not for the belly.’ We would like if others would abstain too, but you see, we also believe that people should be free to make their choices, that passing laws or otherwise forcing people to not drink is wrong too. Not only is alcohol against my religion, but after having seen its destructive forces in so many lives, I have developed a passionate hatred for alcohol. Regardless of personal economic consequences, I would stop growing it in a heartbeat if even one person would stop drinking, if in any way this world would be a better place to live. But, you see, if I relinquished my contract, nothing would change except my ability to feed my family.”
What do you think about the reasoning of some of our LDS farmers?