What have they done to our FOOD?

Department of Plant Sciences Seminar

 What have they done to our FOOD?

Andrew Kniss, Ph.D.
Friday, October 17th, 2014
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
AG 1032
1:10 PM

People in developed countries seem more interested than ever in the way their food is produced. Genuine interest in the food we eat is, without question, good for society. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that the average American is at least 3 generations removed from the farm. Although many people in developed countries now have little firsthand knowledge of how modern farms operate, they are hungry for this type of information.

As demographics continue to shift away from agriculture, it is important that we in agriculture engage the broader population. There are many misconceptions among the general public about modern farming practices; many people associated with agriculture blame various individuals and organizations for spreading fear and disinformation. While there is certainly some truth to this, I think a lack of agricultural outreach and extension to the general public is a contributing factor as well. Agricultural extension has a long, proud history in the United States. But traditional agricultural extension programs are largely focused on farmers, and often neglect this broader audience due to time and funding constraints.

On Friday, October 17th, I will be presenting a seminar titled “What have they done to our FOOD?” In this seminar, I will address some common misconceptions about pesticide use and genetically engineered crops. I will also provide some thoughts on the role of Land Grant university faculty in addressing disinformation and misconceptions among non-agricultural audiences.

The seminar will be streamed live using Blackboard Collaborate. It will begin at 1:10 pm Mountain time, but you will be able to log onto the webinar platform approximately 30 minutes beforehand. Please join us.

The recorded webinar can be viewed above.


  1. Hi Mike, we are planning to record the webinar and post it online afterwards. I will update this post with the link once we have it up.

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