Corn Bags Clean Up the Clean Up

In Conservation, Corny News, General, New Products, New Uses by Cathryn

For years, environmental activists have reinforced the negative impact that plastic bags, similar to those used in grocery stores, have upon the planet.  These ubiquitous bags can sit in landfills for over 1,000 years.  Now, people who love the planet and their dogs are championing a better option- corn-based biodegradable dog waste bags. Here, ingenuity and U.S. farming collide to …

American Ethanol and NASCAR A Natural Partnership

In Corny News, Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Promotion by Mark

Something momentous happened in Las Vegas yesterday and no dice or chips were involved. The National Corn Growers Association’s landmark partnership with NASCAR® and Growth Energy was announced and with it the arrival of ethanol on the NASCAR® stage. This development during NASCAR’s annual awards program is extremely meaningful not only because of the size of the fan base and …

Farmer Best at Telling Their Own Story

In Activism, Blogroll, Corny News, Education, Farming, Promotion by Mark

 Building off a successful campaign conducted across Nebraska a year ago, Nebraska Corn Farmers have created a new series of messages that feature several Nebraska farm families sharing facts about how today’s corn farmers are more sustainable than ever. The Sustaining Innovation campaign echoes a promotional campaign conducted in Washington, D.C. by the Corn Farmers Coalition which is comprised of …

Campaign to ReDe$ign the US Dollar Includes Corn

In Corny News, General by Mark

A freelance designer from New York City took a decidedly rural perspective when submitting his design idea for potential new looks for US currency. Lu Tapuch chose to put corn prominently in his design for a new $2 bill. The “Campaign to ReDe$ign the US Dollar” appears to be an independent effort to collect cool designs for money as well …

A Sweet Taste of Truth

In Blogroll, Corny News, Current News, Food, HFCS by Mark

So what wine goes best with myths and lies? Apparently someone better figure this out quickly as the American public is getting served up a lot of misleading information and in some cases out right fabrications regarding what they eat. The latest list of food fibs and myths come from the Editors of Eating Healthy Magazine who expose a number of urban …

Jaws II, Return of the Jedi and now Son of Food vs. Fuel?

In Corny News, Current News, Ethanol, feed, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel by Mark

During the 2008 food price scare corn found itself squarely in the crosshairs of public indignation. Technically it was the growing use of corn for ethanol fuel that fanned the flames and coined the phrase “food vs. fuel.”  Then the public ire moved to the soaring cost of petroleum as the true culprit. And that was partially right too. Many …

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 …

Gilda Radner For World Bank Spokesperson?

In Corny News, Current News, Ethanol, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel by Mark

I just finished reading comments from The World Bank that say “…the effect of biofuels on food prices has not been as large as originally thought, but that the use of commodities by financial investors (the so-called “financialization of commodities”) may have been partly responsible for the 2007/08 spike.”  The whole time I was reading it I kept hearing the …

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 …