Ethanol Makes More Sense Today Than Ever

In Activism, E85, Environmental, Ethanol by Mark

Like a good magician practicing sleight of hand Big Oil and other ethanol critics like the Grocery Manufacturers Association wave one hand around with a flourish to get our attention, while the other lifts our wallet.  Thus the steady drumbeat of ethanol costs more, even though in a normal economy it costs less than gas; ethanol is energy deficient, even …

Should Farmers Turn Their Backs on Companies That Politicize Food?

In Activism, General by Mark

(Guest Blogger – Natalie)  I like a good burrito. And Chipotle Mexican Grill has figured out how to make them so good that you come back for more.  But it seems odd that Chipotle is subsidizing viewings of the one-sided documentary Food, Inc. at theaters across the country.  From its official Web site, Food, Inc. directors claim it exposes America’s …

Who you Callin’ Yellow?

In Activism, Media by Cindy

Apparently my post critiquing the Illinois Times article about food got a rise out of one blogger who called it “yellow journalism.” What is amazingly ironic about this blogger’s viewpoint is that he accuses us of not getting the facts straight, yet he thinks it’s irrelevant that the Illinois Times article had the production of corn in the United States …

We May Be Young, But We Are Not Stupid

In Activism, Current News, Education, Farming by Mark

“It sounds so simple. You get hungry. You eat. But the reality is that it took a bunch of farmers a lot blood, sweat and tears to feed us.” So starts the intro to a new web site launched by a group of 20 somethings who think farming is critical to our survival and kind of cool. “As young people …

A Round of Applause for Urban Lehner of DTN

In Activism, Current News, Farming, General, Politics by Mark

In ancient times messengers were treated with great respect because they were a vital lifeline regarding world events that could make or break your business or even your nation. Apparently times have changed. Recently, DTN interviewed the increasingly infamous Michael Pollan, author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” who is also featured in the new documentary Food Inc., and the resulting article …

Food Inc. Undercooked With Angry Bias?

In Activism, Food Prices, General, Politics by Mark

  No matter what your opinion of the Food Inc. documentary might be, my opinion of the latest social media tool – Twitter – took a huge leap to the positive side today. Twitter was atwitter today with one of the liveliest discussions on the Food. Inc. movie or agriculture in general that I have seen in a long time. …

Food Inc. Smells Suspiciously of Progaganda

In Activism by Mark

If you get an uneasy feeling while watching the documentary “Food, Inc.” hopefully, you will recognize it as a symptom of someone trying to manipulate you. Behind the shocking, and unrepresentative images of industrial food production there is a not so cleverly veiled agenda to make you fear your food and change the way you eat. As one viewer noted, …

Greenies Prefer Dirty Oil to Ethanol

In Activism, Environmental, Ethanol, Food Prices by Cindy

Some radical environmental organizations held a press conference this week urging the federal government to stop promoting renewable fuels like ethanol and saying they would rather increase the use of imported oil. During the conference, Clean Air Task Force spokesman Jonathan Lewis told a reporter that “burning gasoline is better than increasing the production of corn ethanol.” Listen to that …