Farmers Markets Closing. Time to Stop Eating?

In Blogroll, Food, Food Prices, General, Production by Mark

Let me say right up front that I love the idea of local farmers markets. I am actually fortunate to live in the rural Midwest where we have conventional farmers markets and many farmers put signs by their lane offering sweet corn and other produce from their (large) gardens. It doesn’t get any better than driving up to a farmer’s …

Wait, Look… There’s a Monkey!

In Animal rights, Blogroll, Corny News, General by Mark

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has long been notorious for singleness of purpose but more so for many of its outlandish publicity stunts. Many of these inane stunts have gone a long way to hurt their credibility. However, despite some of these goofy antics, many individuals and companies have given in to their demands rather than face any …

Give Me Corn Ethanol or Give Me…?

In Blogroll, Current News, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, General, Land Use, Policy, Politics by Mark

 Dear New York Times…Your editorial today regarding corn-based ethanol is superficial, either uninformed or malicious, and a disservice to the citizens of this nation looking for real energy solutions we can implement today. Before addressing some of the onerous points in your piece, please take a look at the attached photo. This is not from the BP spill in the …

Ethanol Bashing is an Orchestrated High-Dollar Venture

In Blogroll, Events, General, Media, mediawatch by Mark

 In yesterday’s blog I briefly discussed the phenomenon of editorials on an identical subject suddenly showing up in newspapers across the country almost like a flu epidemic had simultaneously hit newsrooms nationwide.  The most recent attack on corn-based ethanol provides a great example of how these coordinated efforts are staged. The current outbreak, which began Sunday, hit the nation’s top …

The Anti-Ethanol Circus is in Town!

In Activism, Blogroll, Energy Bill, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, government, mediawatch, Policy, Politics by Mark

My brother-in-law recently asked me why ethanol had a great reputation for two decades and suddenly seems to be getting pounded constantly, especially in editorial/opinion pages by the media.  He doesn’t have a farming background and isn’t invested in the ethanol industry so he is a neutral and somewhat uninformed observer. He is also one of the busiest guys I …

Corn-Based Kitty Litter to Save the Planet?

In Blogroll, Corny News, Food vs Fuel, New Uses by Mark

 A new kitty litter made from corn may not save the planet but it does present an educational opportunity. Corn is a versatile product used in thousands of products every day and the list keeps growing. The evolution from livestock feed to human food, to a growing list of industrial uses (ala corn kitty litter) is a natural one based …

Why I Choose to Eat Meat

In Animal rights, Blogroll, Education, Farming, Guest Blogger, Livestock by Guest Blogger

Guest Blog from Jennifer Elwell and her “Food, Mommy” Blog  (More on the author at the bottom of the page) Back when I was a kid (we’ll say 20 to 30 years ago), vegetarians were few and far between and were often thought of as a little strange. Now, it seems, being a vegetarian or vegan is the “stylish” thing …

Public Needs to Know Facts About Family Farmers

In Activism, Blogroll, Education, Environmental, Guest Blogger by Guest Blogger

Facts are stubborn things” says Guestblogger Lindsay Mitchell, Project Coordinator for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.  The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is part of the Corn Farmers Coalition  along with other state corn grower groups and the National Corn Growers Association.  Earlier this week, we launched a new phase of our educational campaign that started last year. The goal is to let policy …

HSUS Squawks Like Chicken Little!

In Animal rights, Blogroll, Farming, Food Prices, poultry by Mark

Chicken Little the Sky isn’t falling and if you were in a nice safe building you wouldn’t care if it was! They say that fear may be the top motivator for mankind but I have a sneaking suspicion that guilt may be a close second with sticky and delicious Cinnabon ranking third. With this psychological quirk in mind there are …

Bloggers Are People Too!

In Activism, Blogroll, General by Mark

I have had several people ask me lately who writes the blogs posted here at Corn Commentary. It is actually several people and the list is growing and now even includes occasional guest bloggers. My name is Mark Lambert and besides posting stories here frequently I serve as Senior Communications Manager for the National Corn Growers Association. You notice I said …