Misconceptions About Agriculture: Corn Isn’t a Good source of Any Nutrients

Eating healthy is always of great importance to many citizens in America in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By avoiding unhealthy foods that contain lots of calories and trans fat it’s easier for these people to be in better shape then most. They tend to depend on healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables. Although this is the case many people tend to believe that corn doesn’t have as many nutrients, if not at all, as other vegetables. This is just another of those pesky misconceptions about agriculture. We are going to look deeper into this question in order really determine whether or not it is true that corn does not have any good source of nutrients.

Many vegetables that are agriculturally produced hold a lot of nutrients including potatoes, turnips, tomatoes, etc. for those who question the nutritional value of corn, is say to you that is the blatantly incorrect. I reference Amanda L. Chan in order to make a statement about the nutritional value about corn, “Vegetables like kale and spinach may have better reputations as nutrition all-stars, but corn has something to contribute, too. Corn contains certain B vitamins and vitamin C, as well as magnesium and potassium. Yellow corn is also a good source of two antioxidants, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are good for eye health.” (www.huffingtonpost.com, 2014.) With that said we understand now that corn does in fact have nutritional value, and it should be used as a solid part of a healthy diet for a healthy lifestyle. Therefore it turns out that another one of those pesky and common misconceptions about agriculture has been debunked, so go ahead and finish off that cobb of corn.

Sources : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/26/corn-health-myths-nutrition_n_5591977.html

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agrI-ESFP-Culture

Its interesting to think about truly how many people there are in this world, the number is quite remarkable, Do you know what it is? Its “7.125 billion people” (Syngenta.com, 2013). No, not million, billion, that’s pretty remarkable if you ask me. Then we think about how ever single one of those people is different in their own specific way, yet we still know that the they belong to either a group or society that shares several things in common with them. I like to think of it this way, though there are so many people on earth and they are all different, they all have unique personalities, and though these personalities are unique to them they also fit in specific personality groups that identify similar traits in all of them. Some believe of course that personality test are all mumbo jumbo, but I beg to differ.

During my time this semester while taking a class that for the first time exposes my to agriculture, I knew for sure it wasn’t for me. Though I thought this, I began to realize just how broad and interesting the field was. It wasn’t just all about planting crops, feeding the pigs, and milking the cows. Yes this perception may perhaps be quite ignorant, but in my defense I was born and raised in the second largest city in the United States. Anyway, unbeknownst to me agriculture involved all kinds of things that I had no idea it even touched upon. It involves of course farming, which is a major component, but also advertising, marketing, public relations, and even aspects of journalism etc. You can see some more professions in the field of agriculture here. Finally I understood that even though I feel that I have a very exuberant and fun personality, I could tie myself into the field of agriculture when I though that my personality did not pair well with this career path.

I know what you are saying, “wow those first two paragraphs could not be more different, what is he trying to say?” Onto you I say, do not worry; I am about to tie them together right now. As stated previously I mentioned something called a personality test, and when I say this I am talking about one in particular; “The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator”, which I highly encourage you to research. Recently in class we took an abbreviated form of this test and our professor revealed the results to us aloud and asked if we thought this personality was accurate or not. Being of course skeptical I wasn’t exactly sure how legitimate this test was or if it truly worked. So we had two choices for each letter of a specific personality and I ended up with ESFP, the four letters being Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. After we all came up with our four letters our professor began to go through the sixteen different personalities and describe what they entailed to students who raised their hands for the ones that they got. Finally my professor came to ESFP, and I was the only one amongst my peers who raised their hands. The results of the personality test astounded me, I felt as if this test had completely pinpointed exactly what my personality was like. Some details included exuberance, loving life, making work fun, enjoying working with other, and watching three plus hours of television a day, the last being extremely accurate. Fitiaspoor created a wonderful piece in her blog depicting the ESFP personality traits in depth, which out can check out here. One other thing that I found quite interesting is that with all the individuals in my class, I was the only ESFP among them, and I felt unique and special as an individual. Yet at the same time I felt as If I was part of a specific society shared with those who have the some personality type as myself.

Finally, tying this all into agriculture I began to realize as I take my personality type and the professions in this field we’ve learned about, that I do have a place in agriculture. I’m so interested in working with people; with this I can pursue a career in agriculture with a focus in advertising or public relations. I also love to write, and love to make writing fun so now I can work in the realm of Agricultural Communications. A career path I’d never even considered now holds all kinds of opportunities for me, and my eyes have been opened to this due to the fact that I see my personality, and more importantly myself in all these professions.

Sources: http://www.syngenta.com/global/corporate/en/goodgrowthplan/challenges/Pages/challenges.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=challenges&utm_campaign=good-growth-plan&gclid=CjwKEAiA4rujBRDD7IG_wOPytXkSJACTMkgasgXuQOU5fP_1Sthp1GSy39lUTMqEukSsbFnBbytIpBoC4QLw_wcB

http://www.agday.org/education/careers.php

http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

http://fitiaspoor.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/198/

Agriculture and Social Media

The practice of agriculture has been around for thousands and thousands of years. Ancient Civilizations used agriculture to be one of their main sources of food for centuries, which is similar to now as modern society uses agriculture for that same purpose. Agriculture has always been a life line for thousands of people, whether it is a food source or a source of income, and though this craft has been around for so long it lacked certain aspects that could make it perhaps more efficient. This of course changed with the emergence and wide spread use of social media. Social media shapes our entire society, but more specifically it has also noticeably changed agriculture and what I think is for the better.

There are so many forms of social media out there, social networks, blogging sites like this one, and social websites that are more conversational in nature such as forums. More specifically some examples of these sites are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WordPress, Reddit, LinkedIn, Pintrest and many more. Another great thing about these sites is the ability to share the information that you find interesting or insightful. Therefore if you find something that in some way helped you, you can share that same bit of information in hopes that you will have the same effect on someone else. Here is a guide to the use and “Power of Social Media in Agriculture.”

This brings us to the important question of how does social media effect agriculture? And is the effect positive or negative? It does in fact turn out that social media positively affects the realm of agriculture in many ways across all the different platforms of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all do a great job of sharing and relaying information to both the producers (the farmers), and the consumers. For example many farms have accounts for these social networking sites and post things related to the production and development of their crops and or livestock. This seems pretty interesting to me even with my limited knowledge with in the field of agriculture. I often see advertisements about a specific farms production layout as well as crops and livestock they provide. I’ve also seen retweets of people I am following on twitter referencing a farmer/blogger who blogs consistently about his own experiences as a farmer and the things he does on a daily bases as related to agriculture. The three of these sites also utilize the function of posting pictures of things related to their organizations and the things that they produce.

Moving on from the more popular social networking sites, there are also less popular ones that hold great importance in the field of agriculture. This includes many different sites but two of the most important of which are WordPress and LinkedIn. WordPress allows for farmers to creates blogging sites and write about their farms, the things that they produce, and the status of many things occurring on the farm at once. This is also a good tool for readers to become more familiar with the individual that is supplying their food, which in many cases provides a sense of knowledge and ease for many consumers, especially with the use of genetically modified organisms. Many of these blogs are quite interesting; here are some cool ones to check out.

Agriculture has evolved over thousand and thousands of years, and though something remain the same it continues to evolve. With the continued climb of social media agriculture will become more and more efficient, and an ancient practice will become modern.

Sources: http://outthinkgroup.com/tips/the-6-types-of-social-media

http://animalagalliance.org/images/upload/Social%20Media%20Manual.pdf

http://janiceperson.com/blogs-i-read/total-list-farm-blogs/