We, as a country, are far removed from our ag roots. The American Farm Bureau says the average American is now at least three generations removed from the farm. So while we are all eating food, we don’t always know or understand how or where our food comes from.
That’s why educating consumers about our food is so important. In a new blog post from GMO Answers, GMO Answers Expert professor and farmer Tim Durham addresses some of the top myths and misconceptions about modern farming. Dr. Durham’s family operates a 30-acre vegetable farm on Long Island, New York — where he returns to work every summer. During the academic year, Dr. Durham teaches general biology, plant science, biotechnology, genetics, and agronomy at Ferrum College in Virginia.
He discusses topics such as
1. What are some of the biggest challenges farmers face today?
2. What methods and tools are available to manage and protect crops against these problems?
3. There is lots of information and misinformation in the media and online about pesticides and their safety. Can you explain a little bit about the need for pesticides and their relationship to GMO crops?
4. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about science, biotechnology or modern farming practices?
To learn more about these topics, please visit the GMO Answers Medium page and read all about them!