Sunday, July 01, 2012

Myths about agriculture

  • Organic is better for the environment.
  • Organic food is more nutritious.
  • Organic improves animal health and welfare. 
  • You can replace conventional health care with natural methods.
  • Grass-fed is better for the environment.
  • Grass-fed is healthier.
  • Grass-fed improves animal health and welfare.
  • You can graze year-round everywhere.
  • Pasture meets the nutritional needs of all ruminants.
  • You should buy "local."
  • Local food is better for the environment.
  • People and companies that sell organic, natural, sustainable, grass-fed, and local food are more ethnical than people and companies that sell conventionally-grown food.
  • Confined livestock are sicker and need more drugs.
  • Outside is better than inside (for livestock).
  • Livestock are force-fed.
  • Livestock are just like their wild "cousins" or ancestors.
  • It is unnatural to feed grain to ruminant livestock.
  • Animal rights organizations know anything about livestock or care about their welfare.
  • President and Mrs. Obama know anything about agriculture.
  • Government programs which support local, sustainable, and organic food production are good for the environment and tax payer.

That's right. These are statements that I consider to be myths. My opinions. Of course, I would defend these opinions vehemently. In my opinion, the public isn't becoming more educated about their food and agriculture. Their level of stupidity is increasing, as they fall prey to all the half-truths and lies being spread by the liberal media and advocate groups that simply want to tell everyone else what to do and have no concept of agricultural production and no respect for science. I bet most of them have degrees in liberal arts!

An efficient agriculture based on sound scientific reasoning is what's needed.

1 comment:

Farmer Barb said...

Would you like to hear some of the things I hear? How can your hens lay eggs without a rooster? How can you kill your chickens--don't you LOVE them? The growing distance between the origins of people's food and how it grows is the main cause of the ignorance. People don't "need to know" and they don't want to. It is simply easier to go to the freezer and pull out some meat than actively participate in the cycle. Most people haven't ever even been in the presence of a carcass. We as individuals need to get involved with what goes in our mouths.

Organic is just a term. There are plenty of folks out there producing healthy food that cannot be certified as "organic" for one reason or another. My land is fine, but the neighbors who have their whole property sprayed and let it run off down hill, well, they are quite another. At least I can say that my children will be a more informed bunch in the next generation. It was a choice we made.