Earth Day is joining the March for Science this year with a rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Saturday to “defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world,” with support from organizations like the American Chemical Society.
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has prepared a toolkit for farmers and ranchers and other agribusiness folks to access links to content, blog posts, infographics and videos which can be viewed and shared on websites and social channels that helps to educate the public on how the modern science of food production is better for the environment.
Efficient modern farming practices have become a science. With advancements in GMOs and the proliferation of GPS technology on tractors and other equipment, farmers have been able to reduce crop inputs like pesticides, and apply them more precisely only when and where they’re needed.
Also, today’s farm animals live healthier lives than ever before. Farmers and ranchers have virtually eliminated many former common causes of human foodborne illnesses. For example, pigs raised indoors, a practice that sometimes elevates concerns, has greatly improved safety for the animals, the farmers who raise them and the end consumer. Bottom line: animal welfare is the best it has ever been.
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