The definition of agriculture eduction is very broad, which makes it difficult to determine where to place an emphasis and where to focus resources as well as deciding who to educate, and where, when and how it will be most effective.
Maintaining healthy animals is essential for ensuring a safe and secure food supply. The strategic use of antibiotics can be an important tool to keep animals healthy. The public is concerned about antibiotic use in livestock because antibiotic resistance is a growing public health issue.
For the first time in history, four generations of consumers are working and communicating side-by-side – Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. Each group has its own set of values, expectations, perspectives and communication styles. This presents a major challenge for Ohio agriculture.
Livestock farming practices are coming under more scrutiny from scientists and consumers in regard to animal welfare because they cause pain or distress and they are usually performed without the use of anesthesia or analgesia. Consumers are asking if these practices are justified and necessary.
While the entire human population wants the world to have a safe, affordable, and abundant food supply, the reality is that food insecurity threatens more than 1 billion people around the world. Global food costs are growing at dangerous levels, reaching record levels over the past several months.
Hormones occur naturally in animals and even in some fruits and vegetables. The use of supplemental hormones, based on many years of scientific study and veterinarian oversight, is a tool that some farmers chose to use. Many consumers are questioning the use of supplemental hormones.
Despite rapid adoption and a strong scientific consensus that biotechnology does not pose health or environmental risks, regulatory burdens are slowing research and innovation of new biotech traits. Activist groups have repeatedly threatened new traits by blocking science-based regulatory decisions.