Find Kentucky Farmers at a Grocery Store Near You

In Activism, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Guest Blogger, Social Media, State Groups by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary shares a post from Kentucky Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Jennifer Elwell. On her new blog Kentucky Food and Farm Files, Elwell discusses a variety of interesting topics, including her work with the CommonGround Kentucky program. What happens when you place a passionate, smiling farmer in the middle of a grocery store? It opens a door …

American Farmers Clarify Where the Money from Higher Food Prices Goes

In Activism, Food Prices by Cathryn

Contrary to what many believe, higher food prices do not equal more money for farmers. As the Northeast continues to deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, other parts of the United States are still dealing with the most severe and extensive drought in at least 25 years. And that drought has spurred some talk about whether consumers will pay …

It’s almost Thanksgiving. So let’s talk turkey.

In Biofuels, Ethanol, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, General, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Today’s post originally ran on the Fuels America blog. Fuels America, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding member, is a coalition of organizations committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America. Fuels America is founded on a simple core principle: Renewable fuel is good …

Kentucky Shoppers Taking CommonGround Farmers Home

In Activism, Farming, Food, Food Prices, Media by Cathryn

CommonGround Kentucky will be reaching out to start a conversation between the moms who grow food and the moms who buy it all next year through a series of articles in Today’s Family magazine. A free publication offered throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, the magazine looks at the topics facing families today. With so much confusion surrounding food and farming, …

Support for California GMO-labeling Proposition Plummets

In Biotechnology, Food, Food Prices, Prop. 37, Regulations by Cathryn

As the election draws closer, more and more California voters oppose Proposition 37, commonly referred to as the GMO-labeling law. A sharp decline in support, 19 percent in two weeks, shows that Californians understand the regulation increases opportunities for frivolous lawsuits and redefines simple terms like “natural” in a confusing way without actually providing useful information that benefits consumers. In …

Hot, Dry and Hungry?

In Activism, Food, Food Prices, General, Media, State Groups by Cathryn

With so many questions surrounding how the drought might affect food prices, CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Diane Becker took to the airwaves at Husker Harvest Days to help consumers understand how food pricing works. Citing information available at www.usda.gov, she noted that only 14 cents of every dollar spent on groceries actually goes to pay for the commodities that these foods …

Consumers Have a Right to Know

In Biotechnology, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Legislation, Politics, Prop. 37, State Groups by Cathryn

In the California GMO Labeling debate, it seems everyone involved can agree upon one basic premise – consumers have a right to know. The debate occurs around exactly what that right entails. Arguing to redefine terms such as “natural”, even to the exclusion of foods such as olive oil, proponents of the bill seem to believe consumers have a right …

GMO Labeling Proponents Tell Consumers They Know Everything, Trust They Know Nothing

In Biotechnology, Food, Food Prices, government, Prop. 37, Regulations by Cathryn

Hypocrisy has a strange way of coming to light during campaign season. For candidates and for ballot initiatives alike, the incongruent motivations of the groups promoting a particular vote often tanks what, at first glance, seemed to be a positive, simple campaign.  A ruling last week clarifying the ballot language to be used on California Proposition 37, the GMO-labeling law, …

A Tip of the Hat

In Food Prices, Media by Cathryn

As many media mercenaries continue misleading attempts to whip an already economically stressed public into a frenzy proclaiming the drought will hit their pocketbooks at the market this fall, the Associated Press offered a more balanced, thoughtful look at the possible impacts today.  Noting the many factors that impact food prices, the article carefully examined how a variety of factors …

Hot? Irritable? Cranky? Imagine Watching Your Paycheck Burn Up Too

In Farm Bill, Farming, feed, Food, Food Prices, General, government, Production, weather by Cathryn

Can you imagine the feeling of waking up in the morning and realizing that it would be 13 months before you got another paycheck? The drought has farm families across the Midwest pondering just that as relentlessly hot, dry conditions turn the nation’s heartland from a breadbasket into an oven. In a recent story from Voice of America, DuBois, Ill. …