The researches shared their findings recently in a free online webinar: Consumer Trust in Science and its impact on decision-making related to Agriculture and Natural Resources. The subtitle of the webinar, “and its impact on decision-making…” was left to the audience to determine. There were comments afterward with examples of areas where the general public doesn’t trust science, as in changing dietary guidelines, for example, and when policy decisions are based politics and money rather than science.
One of the participants added this link in the chat section:
Most of the 80-some webinar participants were from UF, FWC and Ag Extension offices, and there were folks from Purdue Univ. and Iowa St. Univ., and from Virginia, Utah and Hawaii.
The University of Florida IFAS Center for Public Issues Education (PIE Center) responds to the many economic, environmental and social challenges the agriculture and natural resources industries face by measuring the knowledge, behaviors and attitudes of consumers and constituents. The PIE Center then shares its findings with stakeholders through educational outreach and training programs using cutting-edge technology. Many PIE Center resources including webinars are freely available to the public. Check it out!
Report by past president Terry Godts, Green Isle Gardens Nursery