Mental Model Project (Farmers/Public/Government)

For one of my classes, Animal Science 5000, I was delegated an interesting task for a group project.

I was to interview two experts and 3 lay people to discuss some areas of concern in the issue of water quality and agriculture.

From this model I recognized almost immediately what a tenacious problem that came across other readings I encountered

This idea that as more people are moving towards cities and away from rural life, fewer and fewer people understand how food is made, how food is produced, and why farmers should have a great reputation. I have been noticing a lot of documentaries that are seemingly anti-agriculture, anti-livestock, and lots of media articles on how farmers are sole to blame for water quality issues, such as the algae blooms that disastrously affected the Great Lakes.