An ever growing concern for U.S. consumers is the safety and sustainability of the food that is grown here at home. A recent survey showed that consumers are often unsure about what sustainable practices are being used. When giving a statement about today’s farmers and ranchers being sustainable, only 59% of men and 37% of women agreed.Continue reading the article from AgWeb to see what consumers list as their top priorities in food safety, and how they define agricultural sustainability.
Contrary from consumer views, 95% of farmers practice sustainable agriculture in their everyday task. An article posted by the United Soybean Board, highlights the areas of common practices by farmers and ranchers, that have been promoting sustainable agriculture for years, and often without them realizing it. These practices include: crop rotation, water management, reduced tillage, pest management, nutrient management, and conservation. USB is striving to show farmers the ways that they are currently a part of the 95% statistic, so they can better inform consumers about environmental efforts in agriculture.
As always, the N.C. Soybean Producers Association is moving forward with efforts to educate the public and consumers about how sustainable today’s agriculture really is. This is done through our outreach program coordinated by Laura Rogers, through events at multiple community locations such as museums, extension centers, summer camps, health fairs, field days and more, to build a positive image of soybean farming in North Carolina. In her interactions, she educates consumers on today’s farm practices, and the reason and methods behind them.