We need a so­ci­ety that makes fact-based opin­ions and de­ci­sions about their food, in­stead of mak­ing choices based off of fear.

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

As more peo­ple in our com­mu­nity be­gin to ques­tion where their food comes from and how it is pro­duced, it has be­come ap­par­ent how lit­tle the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion knows about agri­cul­ture.

There are many times that I have heard peo­ple in the com­mu­nity speak, or share on so­cial me­dia, things about agri­cul­ture that were sim­ply not true.

How­ever, can any­one re­ally blame mem­bers of our com­mu­nity for not know­ing a whole lot about agri­cul­ture? Most peo­ple in the CBN re­gion did not grow up around it, so they sim­ply don’t know any­thing about it.

How can we ex­pect a pop­u­la­tion to know the dif­fer­ence be­tween facts and mis­in­for­ma­tion, if they were never ed­u­cated on the sub­ject at any point in their lives?

This prob­lem should be, and needs to be, tack­led in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. An in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture cur­ricu­lum needs to be­come manda­tory in each school dis­trict in New­found­land. The cur­ricu­lum should ed­u­cate stu­dents on each dif­fer­ent agri­cul­tural sec­tor, in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, and also bring the stu­dents on field trips to lo­cal farms. That way, stu­dents can see for them­selves the things that they have learned about in the class­room, and bet­ter shape their own un­der­stand­ing about what agri­cul­ture looks like.

We need a so­ci­ety that makes fact­based opin­ions and de­ci­sions about their food, in­stead of mak­ing choices based off of fear. At least then, whether it be about some­thing such as GMOs, or­ganic foods or an­i­mal wel­fare, in­di­vid­u­als would be able to make in­formed choices.

There is a huge gap be­tween agri­cul­ture pro­duc­ers and con­sumers, and it is es­sen­tial that this gap be bridged. This lack of ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­ing agri­cul­ture is most cer­tainly an im­por­tant topic.

Af­ter all, three times a day, ev­ery sin­gle day, we make a de­ci­sion based on agri­cul­ture.

We need a so­ci­ety that makes fact-based opin­ions and de­ci­sions about their food, in­stead of mak­ing choices based off of fear.

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