Picture a magical world where brown cows give chocolate milk and brown eggs are best for the body. Lots of people don’t just imagine those things but really believe they are true among a host of other misconceptions about agriculture.

Those are just among the most ludicrous in a long list of pervasive myths that may seem amusing to farm folks, who know that where brown really matters is in rich, dark soil that nurtures green and growing things. The truth about milk is that it’s always white, no matter what color cow produced it. And the truth about eggs is that the color of the shell – brown, white, or even blue, depending on the breed of bird – doesn’t change the nutritional value of what’s inside.