This past Friday was the SFOAC’s annual Aggie Goodtimes, a semi-formal banquet attended by most agriculture science and agricultural business students. It’s an opportunity for students to get dressed up and celebrate their colleges and some of their top athletes, clubs and students. Every year their is also a guest speaker, this year the speaker was Andrew Campbell from Farms.com. Andrew commented on the impact and possibilities in social media, new technologies and the internet in order to increase consumer knowledge. Unfortunately his talk was heavily biased and blatantly one sided in support of industrial agricultural and purely vilifying any organization opposed to the decisions of industrial agriculture. He called for students at the banquet to take up arms in a sense and write blogs and join Facebook groups in support of industrial agriculture. I agree with the concept and clearly am following his directions by writing this blog, but some of his comments I have severe issues with including a statement he made about the well funded anti-agriculture lobby such as Greenpeace and PETA. I recently say a video that mentioned this topic and contrasted the “well funded” lobby versus the lobbying spending of the major agricultural corporations. I hope Andrew is ready to have both sides of these issues represented fairly and that vilifying an opponent does nothing for his argument, even if he feels they are vilifying his opinion.
Well Funded Anti-Agriculture Lobby