The purpose of this paper is to cause teachers, students, public officials and others in International Agricultural to contemplate how the use of so-called derogatory adjectives portrays judgement and negativism upon other nations and societies creating harm for future relations. These questions are posed:

1. Is it condescending that some nations be referred to as"developing," "lesser developed," "third world," "fourth world," "underdeveloped," "less fortunate," "backward," "primitive," "undeveloped," "emerging," or "poor" while others as second world nations, and still others as first world nations?

2. Can a nation and its society be unquestionably judged and ranked into one of these categories merely based upon its economic status, social standards, political system, religious orientation or a combination of these variables?



stereotypes, international agriculture, communication

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