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 …

Growing Corn, Feeding Cattle and Producing Ethanol

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Events, Farming, feed, Food, Food vs Fuel, International, Production, Video by Chuck

We often hear about friction between the producers of corn and livestock over the growth in the production of ethanol. One Iowa farmer had an idea to diversify his operation and do both! Judging by the tour that the TATT Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable participants received at his farm, Couser Cattle Company, he’s doing it very successfully. Our host …

Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable

In Biotechnology, Events, Food, International, Trade by Chuck

It’s World Food Prize week in Des Moines, IA and there are a variety of activities taking place surrounding this annual event. The National Corn Growers Association is sponsoring one of them – the Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable which is organized by Truth About Trade & Technology. Believing that farmers must work together on a global table to expand …

World Vegetarian Day? Who Knew?

In Activism, Animal rights, Current News, Food, Livestock by Mark

Ribeyes and bacon and wings oh my! In case you missed it, today is World Vegetarian Day, the annual kick off of Vegetarian Month. The effort even has a web site to try to convince you of the benefits of the practice of going meatless. There they say vegetarianism helps to create a better world because vegetarian diets have proven …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Frankenfish Fears

In Activism, Food, Research by Cindy

Despite fears of opening the floodgates to more “frankenfoods”, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to approve a new genetically-engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as the natural variety. If they do, it would make the first genetically engineered animal ever approved for sale to consumers. Armed with pitchforks and torches, the usual suspects who fear the …

It’s Time to Change Our Relationship With Cuba

In Current News, Exports, Food, government, International by Mark

  “Deepening pain and unrest in Cuba are provoking bold actions that the U.S. government should note,” according to an editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch today. After decades of economic stagnation even Fidel Castro recently noted “the Cuban model doesn’t work anymore.” What spurred Castro’s comment and the editorial is the dramatic change taking place 90 miles from …