Full disclosure . . . my thoughts on this blog started entirely differently than what you read here today.
A few hours ago, a trusted, talented, informed, and like-minded individual was visiting with me. She mentioned a Rutgers University study citing that it now takes 19 ears of corn to equal the nutritional value of just one ear of corn grown in 1940. You can only imagine how fast I jumped onto that as a blog theme.
So, for the past few hours I’ve been searching for this study. I found it referenced in hundreds of different blogs, Internet sites, and articles, both fact based and opinionated. I found it used in hundreds of quips to sell supplements. But what I can’t find? The study itself. Now, I’m not saying it doesn’t exist . . . it might. No one has given an actual cite or link to follow to locate this phantom study. Sure I found some other similar studies about nutrient loss in soil, and I’ll probably follow up on that topic in a future blog.
But, the horror here . . . how quickly I was willing to assume this study to be true and how it’s been mentioned again and again without any basis of proof.
Prior to the Internet, most written word had some editor to verify facts and keep the writer honest. Granted, the winners get to write the history, so I’m not saying it was perfect. Now, anyone with a computer can put information out there with or without research or credibility. With the ability to spread information from unknown sources, we have to take the time to research where information comes from, who’s the bias, who paid for the studies, what is all the research about, not just the synopsis.
I know it’s hard to take the time in this fast-paced world to dig and find the real truth. But I caution everyone to take that time – don’t just espouse rhetoric without the research because that’s how myths become truths without real evidence. That’s how we get confused. So, ask yourself, Do You Think For Yourself?
P.S. If anyone finds the phantom Rutgers study, please send me a link. Thanks.