The Good Samaritan and the Ontario Egg Industry

Remember going to Sunday School as a child?  Now think of the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’.  Let me remind you of the characters and the basics of the story:


Characters   –      Jewish traveler, beaten, left by the road, half-dead

–        Priest (religious/authority leader of some kind), travelling down the same road

–        Levite, also travelling on the same road

–        the Samaritan, travelling down this same busy road

Story:  Beaten Jew, left by the road is seen by the passing priest and the travelling Levite. Both avoid the Jew, leaving him to fend for himself.  Then the Samaritan comes along, sees the beaten Jew in distress and helps him.

So what’s this parable got to do with agriculture?  Here’s how I see this story applied to the current state of the Ontario egg industry.

Characters    –     Supply Management System, beaten yet left in place

–        Ontario Farm Products Commission (authority over supply management system)

–        Ontario Egg Farmers (Management, Board and Producers)

–        Norman Bourdeau, the Whistleblower

Story:  Beaten-up supply management system is left operating by the Ontario Farm Products Commission and the Ontario Egg Farmers.  They simply will not ‘look’ at the broken-down system as being their responsibility.  Here comes the Good Samaritan, Whistleblower who says, “this system is broken – let’s see if I can help fix it”.

Seems to me, that even a child could see that being the Good Samaritan is the role that is the ‘right’ (ethical) choice.  So why don’t the Ontario Egg Farmers and the Ontario Farm Products Commission see that?  Are they really looking?  Maybe too much money involved, i.e. greedy?  How much proof is required?  Is being a Good Samaritan that scary?  Open your eyes and do the ‘right’ thing.  Make some changes before the Ontario consumer does it for you.


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