Peterson Farm Brothers Heat Up a Cold Florida Night

In Activism, Classic, Corny News, Current News, Events, Farming, Social Media by Cathryn

Commodity Classic heated up a cold Florida night last week when the Peterson Brothers took center stage during the Evening of Entertainment. The family farmers, whose “I’m Farming and I Grow It” video went viral last spring, accepted honors from event sponsor Monsanto for their work to promote the image of modern agriculture. The brothers, who have created a series …

Destroying Basic Principles of American Society, One Occupation at a Time

In Activism, Current News, Food, General, Media, Politics by Cathryn

In coverage of the recent “occupation” of agricultural research land at the University of California- Berkley, one essential point was striking in its absence.  While a public university, the land these so-called activists forcibly took over is, in fact, private property.  Their actions in doing so showed complete disregard for the principles upon which our nation was founded, for the …

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.  …

French Illegally Banned GMO Crops

In Biotechnology, Current News, Environmental, feed, Food, General, International by Mark

France’s top administrative court on Monday overturned a government order banning French farmers from planting genetically modified crops France’s agriculture ministry imposed a ban in February 2008 amid concerns over public safety, but its decision had already been called into question by the European Court and has now been annulled by the State Council. Truthfully, their ongoing and Zombie-like fight …

Soda Bans Have Limited Impact

In Blogroll, Current News, Education, General, HFCS by Mark

The longest of journeys begins with a first step and perhaps the national idiocy over the evils of corn sugar (HFCS) may be about to subside. In the “Well Blog” in today’s New York Times they pronounce that soda bans in schools have limited impact. I know business professionals aren’t supposed to say “Duh” but this is a blog and …

Misconstrued Statements Aren’t So Sweet

In Activism, Current News, Food, General, HFCS by Cathryn

Frequently, CornCommentary serves as a place to correct the many errors, fallacies and misrepresentations that plague media coverage of agriculture.  With 98.5 percent of the population totally uninvolved in farming or farm-related activities and deep labor cuts at outlets across the country eliminating staff with any ag knowledge, this problem may seem endemic.  Other times, it becomes evident that controversy …

Occupy Wall Street, Not My Belly

In Activism, Current News, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Media, Politics, Social Media by Cathryn

For more than a month and a half now, Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken over city parks and the national news programs protesting social and economic inequality and corporate greed and power.  Within weeks of its beginning, the movement grew not just geographically, with satellite protests springing up across the nation, but also internally. By now, some protesters even …

Make Sure Congress Isn’t Playing During Recess

In Activism, Current News, government, Legislation, Trade by Cathryn

Some things from grade school still hold true.  You shouldn’t forget what you learned over the summer, you should try your hardest, and there should always be a playground monitor.  This August, while Congress is at recess, they need you to act as a playground monitor by reminding them of what they learned about the importance of pending trade agreements …

Pseudo-Journalists, Hot Corn and the Heat Dome Monster

In Current News, Environmental, Farming, General, Legislation, Media, Production by Cathryn

According to many St. Louis meteorologists, the heat dome of 2011 will relent today, finally ushering in still-hot, but not life-threatening temperatures.  In retrospect, the seemingly epic heat wave does offer some degree of humor.  It just isn’t summer in the Midwest until some crack journalist attempts to fry an egg, cook macaroni and cheese, or even pop corn on …

Who Wasn’t Paying Attention in High School English Class?

In Activism, Current News, Education, Ethanol, HFCS, Legislation, Policy, Politics, Social Media by Cathryn

As high school English teachers hand out research paper assignments to eye rolls and sighs, they must know that their students feel nearly certain that the knowledge gained in carefully sourcing their final assignment will never serve them later in life.  This attitude remains pervasive into adulthood it seems as many legislators, food elitists and a broad array of anti-ag …