Need a Direct Line for Info on Beef?

In Food, Livestock, Sustainability by Cathryn

In an age of new media and self-proclaimed experts, getting credible information on food can feel like playing telephone in grade school.  At the end of the game, the message doesn’t sound at all like the original, and no one is quite sure who changed it. The many myths surrounding “magical” grass-fed beef illustrate this point precisely.  Oft touted for …

Celebrating Amaizing Maize

In Farming, Food by Cindy

A new exhibit slated to open in September at the Indiana State Museum will tell the “amaizing” story of corn, “the most productive domesticated plant and the greatest plant breeding achievement of all time.” “Amazing Maize: The Science, History and Culture of Corn,” opening September 24, “will take visitors on a journey through the centuries, beginning with corn’s unlikely origins …

Busted! Argonne Scientist Counters Ethanol Myths

In Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, Research, Water by Cathryn

With all of the misinformation about ethanol flying around, some consumers have become confused about who they can and cannot trust as a source of information.  Why not go straight to the experts?  An Argonne National Laboratory Transportation Technology R&D Center Mechanical Engineer has decided to clear the air and let everyone in on what scientists already know – ethanol …

When Sugar Isn’t So Sweet

In Food, HFCS by Cathryn

The battle of the sweeteners rages on as the Western Sugar Cooperative sues the Corn Refiners Association and corn processors to stop use of the words “corn sugar” in place of the more traditional “high fructose corn syrup.”  Despite arguments that they want to protect consumers from false advertising, the reasons behind the suit are anything but sweet. Even the …

Make Your Voice Heard: GMO Provides Safe, Healthy Food for the World

In Activism, Biotechnology, Food, Food Prices by Cathryn

Even as media reports bemoan rising food prices, foodie elitists don’t get the picture.  An ongoing poll on msnbc.com seems to shows that many people still do not understand that GMO crops allow farmers to grow enough food to feed the world’s growing population in an affordable manner. Early this afternoon, over 77 percent of voters responded that they would …

This Super Bowl, We Can All Cheer for Our Nation’s Farmers

In Farming, Food by Cathryn

Fans across the country are getting ready to spend this Sunday rooting on the Packers or the Steelers with friends.  While they enjoy one of the biggest sporting events of the year, they will enjoy hoagie sandwiches, chili, pizza and maybe a beer.  It takes more than just players to make these annual Super Bowl celebrations possible, it takes farmers. …

Corn, Livestock, Protein Connection Critical Knowledge

In Activism, Education, Food, Livestock by Mark

In this season of thankfulness and joy why not make sure that family farmers and ranchers make it on your Christmas list. They don’t want much; just a little appreciation for all they do to put clothes on your back, fuel in your car and food on your plate to nourish your body. It all starts with knowledge because once …

Oxford “Leader” Should Apologize for Comments

In Activism, Current News, Farming, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, General by Mark

Food prices did not go up much in 2010 and anticipated increases for the remainder of the year and next should also be about 1 percent, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. Ephraim Leibtag, of ERS, says food prices should remain weak and fairly stable across the board even into 2011 when a food price increase …