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RSS By: Matt Bogard, AgWeb.com

Matt's primary interest is in the biotech industry and ag policy.

WHAT ARE STUDENTS LEARNING ABOUT AGRICULTURE?

Nov 15, 2008
In the Chornicle of Higher Education Blog, there is a troubling post.  Below are some excerpts:

" There is no doubt that food issues will be increasingly important in coming years, as agriculture is stressed by climate change, dwindling petroleum supplies, and environmental degradation in the form of loss of biodiversity and erosion."

and

"traditional agriculture and the industrialization of food have led people to wage war against nature, against each other, and even against their own bodies, in the form of cancers and obesity. The industrialization of food has led to empty countrysides both here in the U.S. and in India, Ms. Shiva’s native country."

Then colleges of agriculture are blamed:

"The so-called Green Revolution, which created fertilizer-dependent industrial agriculture, is a result of research done at colleges and universities. “The solutions will have to come out of the place where it started”

I assert that both industry and universities have addressed all of these issues quite well by helping to bring biotechnology to the world.

The article is supposed to be about gardening and asserts that 'middle-school students are learning about agriculture and cuisine by growing gardens.'

That is great, but great harm is also being done if these kids are not learning about the tools of modern agricultural biotechnology, and even worse if they are being taught that it is harmful!
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COMMENTS (3 Comments)

Anonymous in Indiana
I agree with Tom. The lack of education or shall I saw Correct education is getting out of hand. Those who live in the city and have never wondered past it's lighted limits are missing out on a HUGE part of life and reality! We need to "take the bull by the horns" and find ways to reach those who are lacking Ag. education. Matt I think your booth idea is a great way to get the ball rolling. :)
2:24 PM Jan 12th
 
Matt Bogard
Thank you for your comment.

I would like to help organize a booth for my local college, high school, or community 'Earth Day' celebration and demonstrate the benefits of modern agriculture, and dispel some of these myths ( that are often perpetrated during these events).

Also, students in agriculture should be encouraged to get involved with student 'sustainability' groups on campus. It is unfortunate that these groups are often dominated by vegetarians and animal rights activists.

I know that is easier said than done.
10:34 AM Nov 22nd
 
 
 
 
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