The New Recipe for Growing Sales While Growing Waistlines

In Food by Cathryn

Today, Panera Bread Co. announced they would join the anti-everything parade of restaurants phasing out ingredients en masse in what they believe to be an attempt to gain a marketing advantage over competitors. While this sort of food snobbery may be trendy, it does little good for actual consumers and pushes the food conversation even further into the realm of …

Fellow Farmers: Tell Your Story and Meet Growing Consumer Demand for Information

In Activism, Food, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary features a guest post written by CommonGround Minnesota volunteer Kristie Swenson. It originally appeared on the Minnesota Cornerstone blog and can be viewed there by clicking here. Fellow Farmers: Tell Your Story and Meet Growing Consumer Demand for Information Recently, I had one of the most intimidating experiences of my entire life: I did multiple live media interviews …

Science Babe vs. Food Babe

In Food by Cindy

If you put the Food Babe and the Science Babe in a ring together, I’d definitely put my money on Sci-Babe. Science Babe Yvette d’Entremont is an analytical chemist with a background in forensics and toxicology – and a big attitude that does not tolerate any BS when it comes to science. And that is where she has a big …

CommonGround Volunteers Take Stories from behind the Farm Gate to Consumers Over Breakfast Plates

In Farming, Food, Guest Blogger, Media by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary shares a guest post authored by Iowa farmer and CommonGround volunteer Julie Kenney. The narrative, which discusses her recent work taping an episode of “The Balancing Act” on GMOs, originally ran on her blog www.farmeatscitystreets.com. TV Interviews and Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes I have been traveling a little bit lately. Not a ton, but just enough to scratch …

NPR Highlights Scary Story behind Food Babe’s Public Prominence

In Food, Media by Cathryn

National Public Radio considered both the accuracy and impact of the Food Babe in a recent post on its Salt blog, “Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out.” The results, based on conversations with a wide-array of respected experts, found her credibility with consumers far superior to the facts upon which she bases her opinions. In short, …

CommonGround: Where Meaningful Food Conversations Take Place

In Activism, Food by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary features a post from guest blogger and CommonGround Minnesota volunteer Wanda Patsche that originally ran on her blog Minnesota Farm Living as part of a month-long series. Day 29 of my 30 Days of Ag “All Things Minnesota Agriculture” is a fairly new organization (nationally – 2010) – CommonGround. CommonGround is a group of volunteers, mostly women …

Best of Times for Agriculture?

In Audio, feed, Food by Cindy

Corn prices may be lower but eternal optimist Dr. Lowell Catlett says it’s still the best of times right now for agriculture. “Historically, there’s never been a better time to be in agriculture,” said Catlett this week at the Bayer CropScience 2014 Corn and Soybean Future Forum being held in Germany. “The world has never known so much wealth, we’ve …

Orange Corn for Better Eyesight

In Biotechnology, Food, Research by Cindy

Researchers at Purdue University have identified a set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn, which could help fight vitamin A deficiency in developing countries, as well as macular degeneration right here at home. The human body can convert provitamin A carotenoids into vitamin A, which plays key roles in eye health …