Misconceptions of Agriculture Part 2:

20 Apr

Last week I started a series of Misconceptions of Agriculture, this is the second part of the topic.

4.  MYTH: There is no future in Agriculture

-FACT: According to Fox News, more than 146,00 students in college are pursing a degree in agriculture, this is a 21% increase in enrollment since 2006. Food and Agriculture sectors produce more than 54,000 jobs a year for students with degrees in food renewable energy, and environmental specialties. Agriculture is a growing industry with much hope for the future considering we continue to need more and more food to feed the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs in the agriculture sector are expected to increase by 10% from 2010 to 2020.

5. MYTH: Farm animals in “confinement” are prone to diseases, forcing farmers to routinely use antibiotics, hormones and drugs to keep them alive. This jeopardizes animal and human health.

-FACT: Animal scientists, veterinarians and on-farm experience show animals kept in housing are generally healthier because they are protected. Farm animals do sometimes get sick. To prevent illness and to ensure that an animal remains healthy all of its life, farmers will take preventive measures, like using animal health products. These products are generally included in a scientifically-formulated feed that matches the animal’s needs. This is the simplest way to ensure each animal gets the care it needs. Animal health products include animal drugs and vaccines, in addition to vitamins, minerals and other nutrients the animal needs in its diet. All animal health products are approved and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  (Myth and Fact taken from realfarmersrealfood.com)

6. MYTH: Organic food production doesn’t use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers

-FACT: Organic production can use “natural” pesticides such as mineral salts, and pesticides from plants. In fact the largest quantity of chemical pesticides are being applied to organic crops as approved “natural pesticides” (American Farm Bureau Foundation)

 

Check out Matt Lohr from Virgina’s Farm Bureau top 10 list as well!  http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-b/031413agwk.shtml

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