What is in this article?:
- The fundamental misunderstanding of the plight of agricultural producers stems from the idea that farming is, or should be, natural.
- Technology is essential tool to feed the world.
- Fear and rumor hurts agriculture.
The fundamental misunderstanding of the plight of agricultural producers stems from the idea that farming is, or should be, natural. Farming is not natural. It is in fact, as earlier alluded, a struggle against nature. This is why the amount of production for any given crop is referred to as “yield”—what nature has allowed the grower. It is not taken from Mother Nature by force, but rather nature has capitulated, as a loving parent would to an ardently petitioning child.
It may surprise you that I say farming is unnatural, but I assure you that you will never see a population of 32,000 corn plants per acre in nature. When you attempt such trying to attain a high yield, many problems arise. These “unnatural” populations open the door to attacks from insects and disease, problems that must be managed.
Something else you will never see in nature is a lone stalk of corn. Corn plants have no mechanisms of seed dispersal. Consequently, if an ear of corn falls to the ground, the seeds will germinate and die from the intense competition. If it were not for the care of farmers and domesticated agriculture, corn, as we know it, would have disappeared from the Earth.
Management required for successful agriculture is no less necessary than the management required to sustain the 8.3 million people in the city of New York. Such a population on such a small area opens the door to many problems. A lot of food and other resources must be brought in, and a lot of waste must be carried out. An army of public servants must serve the needs of sanitation, law enforcement, and maintenance.
Yet you choose to cry against my family and me because we are a smaller and less powerful target. You use the technology of social media to have a voice against farmers, but would deny us the technology to safely and affordably feed you. I have read your claims against biotechnology and find them to be full of falsehoods and half-truths perpetuated by uninformed fear mongers.