Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Agriculture in Today's World

As our population continues to grow and require vast amounts of resources in order to provide for the people who call mother earth their home. I feel a certain importance to Agriculture and to the people who strive each and every day to provide for us! We take for granted the agriculture industry and its importance. I plan to talk about agriculture and how it is doing in not only our country and also in the movies. I wish to hopefully give a better understanding of where it is headed and of peoples attitudes towards it.

Many people understand that we need food and water to survive. But how it's represented is a completely different matter. It seems as if the movies are depicting that farmers are poor, uneducated hicks that no one wants to become. We see in new movies and old movies many different perspectives on agriculture. Some examples of farming in the movie would be "Field of Dreams", "Charlottes Web" and "Tammy and the bachelor". It seems as if in pop culture the movies do not necessarily make farming as a big hit! I feel as if many other pop culture topics are fed to the viewers. The movies they have made have been hits and understandable. I believe that if farming got a better image from Hollywood then it would help the industry as a whole. This not only would help the farmers make more money but also allows them to increase in their revenue each year to be able to stay up to date with the latest farming resources. I love agriculture in its entirety. I feel a special connection with its importance because I have learned of its value. I want to help others understand its importance and show them how they can have an impact upon the industry.

Agriculture as a whole is shrinking. Each year we lose more farm ground due to development and also laws and regulations. Farming used to be a desired career field and one where farmers were actually looked upon as celebrities. Many people used to aspire to be farmers and now the generation is almost taught that farmers are a dirty and stupid type people who are farmers simply because they were not educated. Through my research I found that is actually completely false! Farmers tend to be apart of the more conservative types of people. This means they would rather work hard and talk less. Being that many people who have a college degree fall into the more liberal category of people we start to see a distinct difference between the two types of people. The problem is that because our society requires a college education to really get into any form of leadership many of our leaders have become biased against farmers. We see this as laws and regulations continue to get a tighter grip around the farmers livelihoods each and every year. Now the farmers are also far from perfect. Many decide that the money is better than the grief and strife of a farmers life. This leads to many farmers selling their land and retiring. This is creating problems in our society where farmers are less and less desired among new generations and the industry is almost not even talked about in our schools anymore.

Even though there are many questions that tend to be hard to answer when talking about education and the importance of teaching our students about matters that will effect their futures. I ask all of you some of these questions! What can be done about these issues we face in society? How could pop culture in Hollywood help change the way farming is viewed? How can we as a people bring back agriculture to society and make it an important career field even as important as being a doctor or lawyer? I know many of the struggles that we face within agriculture but really it is up to us all to make a difference. I know that our future generations count on us to bring future success to their lives. We have to start this change now. Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. This is an important issue - one that deserves serious consideration. While reading your blog, I thought of a couple of children's movies that seem to have portrayed the agriculture industry in a positive light - "Babe and "Charlotte's Web." Come to think of it though, they both address the rescue stories of both Babe (the pig) and Wilbur (the pig), so maybe those weren't good examples after all as both portray the farmer as the guy who might kill the pigs that have become pets. The more serious shows such as "Victory Garden" on PBS don't exactly fall into the "pop culture" category, do they? I agree that there is definitely a lack of agriculture education in the public school system. Those schools that do offer classes seem to target those entering the profession, not the rest of us who might benefit from a smaller-scale venture. I've read that upwards of 70% of the US population live in urban areas, which may explain why agriculture classes are typically not an option in most high schools. On a brighter note, I've been quite impressed lately with news stories highlighting localized, volunteer efforts towards establishing urban community gardens in large cities as a way to combat both hunger and obesity. We have an obesity problem in the US, and what better way address the issue than teaching people how to garden or raise small animals! I've similarly been pleased as some of my favorite cooking shows demonstrate the use of locally-produced, responsibly-raised ingredients in their recipes. A little closer to home, I've witnessed an increase in USU Extension Service's community outreach efforts, including an active botanical center as well as a farmer's market in my hometown of Kaysville, which are both open to the public during summer months. In fact, last summer, one of my friends successfully completed USU's Master Gardner course. I can understand why you're irritated by the pop culture's portrayal of farmers as somehow uneducated or low class. In my opinion, these practices demonstrate a certain level of social irresponsibility by often reinforcing inaccurate stereotypes and ideologies. Yes, I'd like to see more emphasis placed on agriculture in education, especially every-day agriculture (grow-boxes, urban gardens, fun field trips to farms, preserves or botanical centers)that benefits city kids too. We are what we eat, right? Food production is important - and deserves to be dignified! I'd like to see an ideological shift in pop culture that makes it so.