4 Common Ag Myths and How to Dispel Them

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We may live in the information age, but it seems it’s easier to spread misinformation than it is to share facts. Never does this seem so apparent than when we ask urbanites about where they think food comes from and what’s in it.

Farmers Feed Cities recently released findings from a survey it had done in early September. Over 3,000 adults were surveyed, and the statistics suggest the agriculture industry has a steep hill to climb when it comes to changing erroneous perceptions of food and food safety.

There were at least four areas where consumers either misunderstood labeling, were uninformed or, worse, misinformed. These areas are: free-run vs. free-range eggs; the origin of most organic foods; the use of hormones and antibiotics in meat and milk production; and, the safety of genetically modified foods.

RealAgriculture.com’s editor, Lyndsey Smith, sat down with Dennis Jansen, communications assistant with Farmers Feed Cities, to talk about these four poorly understood areas of agriculture, and, perhaps more importantly, what farmers and those in the agriculture industry can do to spread facts instead of fiction.

For more on the Farmers Feed Cities survey, click here.

For more on farmers’ need to share their stories online, click here.

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The folks at Farmers Feed Cities ought to know a lot about propagating myths about agriculture. They do it themselves for political advantage by purposefully ignoring everyone else in the marketing channel.

Farmers don’t feed cities any more than lumberjacks built my house or chemical engineers put diesel in my fuel tank. Farmers produce commodities that after being graded, marshaled, transported, processed, transported, further processed, transported, wholesaled, transported and retailed eventually become a consumable meal located at the edge of the mouths of final consumers. “Cities” don’t eat; individuals do. The meal on my plate the sumproduct of the contributions of countless individuals from the farm gate to just before the final consumer. Think: How many urban residents get fed without processors, shippers, merchants, wholesalers, retailers etc etc. Farmers can replace these specialized middlemen, but only at tremendous cost for all — which is the economic reason why almost all farmers end up independently feeding almost no one.

Richard Barrett

I have two incidents : why did the Ohio farmer not able to get his sows pregnant with GMO corn feed as well as over 20 other farmers? Also, why did the mice not eat the GMO corn that was beside the regular corn cobs which they cleaned up?


…I’d suggest the Ohio farmers use Boar Semen, instead of GMO Corn feed. Or even instead of regular corn feed (I don’t expect that to work, either)


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