Food #001: David / by Boyce Upholt

Sunflower County, Mississippi

Sunflower County, Mississippi

David, 32, farmer and engineer

Just a substance. Just a way to help you do what you want to do—that’s kinda the way I look at it.
— On the meaning of food

David Arant, Jr., is a fourth generation farmer in the Mississippi Delta, a region where massive farms produce mostly rice, corn, soybeans, and cotton--commodity crops that withstand heavy applications of pesticides. Interested in the farm-to-table movement, David has begun to process, package, and distribute some of his rice to local restaurants and stores, and this year has begun to experiment with organic rice.

Learn more at deltabluesrice.com.

I do like to know where my food comes from. You can only take that so far without spending an arm and a leg.