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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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Misconceptions of Agriculture Part 1:

16 Apr

Misconceptions:

Part 1

1. MYTH: Farming is mostly controlled by large organizations

FACT: According to FarmKind.org and USDA NASS “Of the 2.2 million farms in the U.S., 87% are owned by an individual or a married couple responsible for operating the farm. 97% of U.S. farms are family-owned and operated, according to the USDA. The USDA reported only 7,000 non-family controlled corporate farms in the U.S.

2. MYTH: Farm animals that are raised in “factory farms” are abused and confined.

FACT: According to  the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s website, factory farming is defined as “a large industrialized farm; especially : a farm on which large numbers of livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost” The problem is that people misuse this word all the time giving the term a negative feeling. This definition is so broad. Isn’t the goal of all farms to maximize production at minimal cost? A farmer could have a 100 head of cattle and someone could say that is “large” but to others it may just be a normal size

3. MYTH: By eating less meat, Americans would improve the environment and free land and resources for the production of food crops rather than animal products, which could be used to feed the hungry overseas.(Misconception and Fact provided by Animal Agriculture Alliance)

-FACT:  Americans need both animals and plants to manage the nation’s natural resources in the best way possible and feed its people. For example, about half the land area of the U.S. can’t be used for growing crops, it can only be used for grazing. That land would be useless as a food resource.

Video gone Viral

16 Apr

I was recently scrolling through my facebook timeline when I came across a video that had been shared by one of my facebook friends. Her comment above the video was, “Oh my gosh… I’m going vegan.” I chose to watch the video and it was honestly appalling. I was outraged that this kind of thing is going viral. It has 6,872 likes on facebook and over 96,000 shares. These are the people we’re letting tell our story?  I went on to investigate more into this video which from the comments is a lot more than most viewers did. When I googled this video I was directed to a website entitled meat.org a website ran by “peta2” I dug a little deeper and found the mission statement of this group. Their mission statement: “We believe that it’s wrong to hurt animals. They aren’t dinner or clothing or anything else for us to use—they’re individuals who can feel pain and suffer, just like us. YOU hold the power to make a huge difference for them, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Free for all!”  These are the people we’re letting the world believe. This group is targeting the youth of our country, they claim in their “about me” to be “the largest youth animal rights group in the world.” The more posts I read from them the more frustrating it got.  Because of this video I’ve decided to dedicate the next couple of blog posts I do to the misconceptions of agriculture.