Sound Science & Modern Ag

With biotechnological advancements helping farmers to produce more food than ever before, precision, accuracy and responsibility have become inherent aspects of modern agriculture. Read perspectives below on the importance of sound science to today’s farmers.

“Every industry relies on scientific and technological advancements for growth and success, and agriculture is no exception to this rule. From the time that John Deere invented the steel plow in 1837 until now, agriculture industry has gone through tremendous changes.

Some of the great advancements in agriculture are: modern irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides, agricultural machinery, and GMOs…[Specifically,] pesticides have been great protectors of plants from damaging insects and plant diseases….The future will bring amazing advances in agricultural biotechnology and robotic farming that will result in food abundance and more variety of agricultural products.”

- Ziba, California

“I believe the biggest misconception about modern agriculture comes from the negative correlation of pesticide use and food production. All too often I hear the “fear” message being spread against the use of conventional pesticides in agriculture. Not only is this message wrong, but it leads consumers away from the many scientifically recognized health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables based on non-scientific opinions that modern chemistries are bad for your health.

…I was recently looking for a catering option for my wedding. One company likes to use the tag line “sustainable, local, organic” for their food options. [Speaking with an employee,] I questioned their definition of each of these marketing attributes especially since these things [supposedly] made their food “healthier”. It came down to personal definitions of what these words meant to that company and [they] did not have any scientific evidence to back up their “healthier” term.”

- Krystal, California

“Some may say that the industry has changed significantly in the last twenty years but I would disagree. Today’s purpose of providing safe food, fiber and fuel to the world has always been on the forefront of our industry’s objectives. The difference is our challenge to accomplish these objectives with less land and more scrutiny from organizations that create emotional public responses without scientific evidence.

Technology has and will continue to enable us to not only achieve our purpose but also exceed previous output goals while continuing to reduce our exposure footprint. Education should continue to be a focus of our industry as we encounter challenges. Knowledge is powerful and our children’s children should not only know that they are consuming the safest food, fiber and fuel but should realize it is being produced on American farms right down the road. Our numbers are small but our reach is enormous if you think about the footprint our agriculture industry has in every household in America.”

- Scott, Mississippi

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