Coldplay, Cartoons and the Clowns Over at Chipotle

In Animal rights, Current News, Farming, Food, Livestock, Media, mediawatch by Cathryn

For years now, musicians and actors have taken time out from patting themselves on the back during awards ceremonies to advance politicized causes.  The mega-produced shows, which take a public willingness to indulge the already pampered in self-congratulation all the way to the bank, now serve as a platform for entertainers to remind us that they are thoughtful, culturally-aware types.  …

Ag Boycotts Chipotle

In Activism, Animal rights, State Groups by Cindy

Illinois corn growers are among many in the agriculture industry taking a stand against Chipotle for its support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). As they point out in a post on “Corn Corps,” Chipotle is supporting HSUS efforts to regulate animal agriculture in Ohio: Chipotle is a corporate sponsor for their effort. They are allowing ballots …

Does Chipotle Use CAFO Meat?

In General by Ken

Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering free viewings of Food Inc. at local theaters. How nice … considering they advertise they buy some of their meat from Harris Ranch, which operates an enormous 800-acre, 100,000-head-of-cattle feedlot in Central California. Check out this map of the operation. You can even zoom in to see the cattle. Harris Ranch feeds its cattle a …

Top 10 Annoying Words about Agriculture

In Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary shares a year-in-review style guest post written by Jennie Schmidt, who farms and serves as a CommonGround volunteer in Maryland. The post originally ran on her blog “The Foodie Farmer.”   A few weeks ago, I emailed around a poll to my farm and Ag friends both near and far to ask them to give me their …

Random thoughts from Corn Congress and Washington DC

In Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary features a guest post from Kansas Grains blogger and Kansas Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Sue Schulte. In this post, Schulte provides insight into the experience of attending Corn Congress. Don’t miss intern Paige McFarland’s post from the State and National Communications Summit last month too! Random thoughts from Corn Congress and Washington DC I was in …

Farmers Continue Fighting Cynical Snark with Open, Inclusive Conversations

In Activism, Current News, Food by Cathryn

Last week, Corn Commentary ran a post on how CommonGround volunteers have begun answering Chipotle’s claims and explaining why they are farmed but not dangerous. Click here to view. This week, more volunteers answered the call, creating fantastic content. In addition to the original post by Maryland farmer Jennie Schmidt, four Iowa volunteers also took the initiative to tell their …

Farmers Explain Why They Are Not Farmed and Dangerous

In Current News, Farming by Cathryn

Have no fear, real farmers are here. And they want to tell you why Chipotle’s new TV series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” does not sit well with the farming community. For starters, the series, created for the online video-streaming service Hulu, mocks modern agriculture and warns viewers that today’s farming practices are dangerous and cruel. The new series features Buck Marshall, …

Panera Chicken Claims Make as Much Sense as Hens Clucking

In Farming, Food, poultry by Cathryn

The marketers over at Panera are certainly a clever bunch. Only a few years after Chipotle upped its anti-antibiotic claims, the chain bakery decided to cluck a little louder about its use of antibiotic free chicken. The concept lack both originality and substance. This marketing tactic relies on the public to fill in a false blank. In boasting about the …

Media Babble is Cheap, but the Corn in Your Cereal is Cheaper

In Food, Food Prices by Cathryn

By watching and reading the news, many people are coming to believe that farmers today are making a killing at their expense.  News articles attribute higher food costs to rising commodity prices while blogs offer suggestions to help cash strapped consumers stick to their food budget.  It seems logical, given these sources, that people looking for a scapegoat would turn …

Burritos Without Integrity

In General by Ken

Chipotle’s newest campaign to make a buck once again serves up an attack on farmers with a phony newspaper filled with self-promotion and at least one glaring error. At the risk of repeating a negative, they significantly downplay the role of family farms in an attempt to perpetuate a make-believe distinction between “family farms” and so-called “factory farms.” Their non-sourced …