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


Misconceptions About Agriculture: Farmers Are Uneducated

As far as farming goes, it is quite the tiring and backbreaking profession, many farmers wake up in the early hours of the day and don’t go to bed until well after the sun sets. There is no doubting that the work of a farmer, though some challenge the intellect of those that do the work. Many believe that its just mindless work, and though it is physically challenging, it lacks the mental challenge. Along with this, many farmers face several hurtful and just outright incorrect stereotypes. Some of these stereotypes include being hillbillies, uneducated, having a big straw hat with overalls, missing teeth and even being unhygienic. Well it turns out none of these are true, and maybe after reading this your perception of a modern day farmer will change for the better.

If you haven’t already guessed from the title and what has been previously stated, we are going to try and debunk the myth of the thought that all farmers are uneducated. It turns out now that many people across the United States are going to college and receiving a four-year degree in order to enter the field of agriculture, specifically farming. Individuals not involved in agriculture, or who seem not to know anything about the field, believe that farmers don’t have any credentials or sense of a formal higher education. This can easily be proven incorrect, as “Nearly 30 percent of today’s farmers and ranchers have attended college, with over half of his group obtaining a degree. A growing number of today’s farmers and ranchers with four-year college degrees are pursuing post-graduate studies.” (www.cals.ncsu.edu, 2014) This shows a growing trend over time that the number of farmers that are educated in any sort of higher learning is steadily increasing, and will only increase as farming continues to evolve.

It is also believed that farming solely constitutes manual labor, and that in order to do this type of work there is no real necessity for a college education or degree. This also isn’t true, farmers nowadays are sticking to education in order to become more efficient, learn how to run the “business” end of a farm, become handymen and technologically capable to fix a machine that malfunctions, veterinarians for their sick animals, and even weatherman to attempt to make judgments on weather in regards to their crops and live stock. Another quote that also solidifies the legitimacy of the growing intellect of farms is this from cornucopia.com. “Today’s farmers are highly educated and many are experienced in fields that may, at first glance, seem unrelated to the business of farming. They come to farming prepared with life experience, advanced or technical degrees, and business skills.” (www.cornucopia.com, 2011) So with this given information it is safe to say that farmers are, in fact, educated and this myth is debunked. So the next time you think about a farmer, think less of a common stereotype, and more of the college degree that many of them hold in their hands.

Sources: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/CollegeRelations/AGRICU.htm


Misconceptions About Agriculture: Small Farms are Unimportant and Irrelevant

With the industry of agriculture being the main provider of food and resources for so many millions of people, it can be seen as somewhat of a booming factory industry. Many people tend to believe that the industry of farming is solely factory based, with large-scale operations running like a “conveyer belt” and pumping out good and services with little to no disregard about anything else. With this common misconception, it is hard to imagine why no one would stop to think about the small-scale operation, the little man, who puts in the work and gets no credit. Small farms are seen as unimportant and irrelevant, when in fact that really shouldn’t be the case.

When it comes to he issue of where our food comes from, the question is quite obvious, but we tend to get the idea of that farm confused. Many people seem to believe, as previously stated, that most if not all farms ten to be large factory farms that produce mass amounts of product at a fast pace in order to maximize profit. This is actually not true, and this claim holds no validity whatsoever. To prove this false claim wrong we turn to the United States Department of Agriculture, which states “Ninety-one percent of U.S. farms are classified as small—gross cash farm income (GCFI) of less than $250,000. About 60 percent of these small farms are very small, generating GCFI of less than $10,000.” (www.ers.usda.gov, 2012) So according to the US Department of Agriculture about ninety one percent of our farms here in America are considered to be small farms. With that fact stated, how is it that small farms can be considered to be unimportant or irrelevant? That question can be answered by another misconception of the community of consumers of agricultural goods. Most consumers simply don’t understand where their food is coming from, and since small farms are non-commercialized, they do not here about them at all, which means the only farms that they are aware of are the large commercialized farms that are only a microscopic percentage of farms in America.

Furthermore we look at a specific statistic regarding small farms in agriculture from Cornell University’s website. According to data collected in 2009, “There were 1,921,058 small farms in the US in 2009, which translated to 90.1% of the total farms in the US at that time.” (www.smallfarms.cornell.edu, 2014.) With that said, the point that small farms are unimportant only continues to become further from the truth. Given the fact that small farms make up so many of the farms in America today, they also produce a substantial amount of the agricultural food and services consumed today. So there you have it, another agricultural misconception debunked, and I think its safe to say that America’s agriculture wouldn’t be where it is today with out the little man, the small farm.

Sources: http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/eib-economic-information-bulletin/eib63.aspx