YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Agriculture's 'fake news' problem
By Gene Hall
Newsweek has deemed “fake news” is the word of the year for 2017, with usage up 365 percent.
I’ll let you define it for yourself, but I submit that agriculture has a fake news problem. The anti-agriculture tribe has produced a lot of it. It’s even more prolific than wild hogs in Texas.
A crushing weight of evidence is almost always on agriculture’s side. Name the topic: GMOs, food safety, agricultural chemicals, clean water, corporate farming and more. Reporters often get it right, sometimes not, but fake news is widely manufactured and spread on the Internet. Cherry-picking evidence, leaving out inconvenient facts or just inventing claims out of whole cloth are examples.
An avalanche of fake news about agriculture is only a click away.
Americans enjoy the safest, most plentiful and most affordable food supply the world has ever known. Everything else is mostly just fake news.
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