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 …

Dr. Oz, Again? Can Someone Hand Me the Remote

In Biotechnology, Food, Media by Cathryn

Let’s get one thing straight from the get go. Dr. Oz is a professional celebrity who hawks his opinions for money. Whether fear-mongering or shilling for “magic pills,” he makes exaggerated, even unsubstantiated claims to get attention. Attention turns into ratings. Ratings turn into money. There is one reliable way to stop his bogus claims. Turn off your television. Tell …

Food Babe’s Science Is as Fluffy as Her Marabou Slippers

In Activism, Food, Media by Cathryn

From suburban dog parks to Park Avenue, people are buzzing about the Food Babe. Using crazy videos filmed in low-cut workout clothes, she has garnered quite a bit of attention seemingly overnight. Television being a visual medium, talk shows book the petite brunette with the telegenic face. She is getting more attention than counterparts whose credentials outshine their smiles. All …

It’s Time to Speak Up!

In Activism, Farming, Food, Guest Blogger, State Groups by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary shares a post from CommonGround Wisconsin volunteer Kim Bremmer. To find more posts on a wide variety of subjects authored by CommonGround volunteers, click here. It’s Time to Speak Up! One of my favorite ways to start the day is at the counter of my favorite coffee place, ordering a grande triple shot caramel macchiato and a …

Quick and Easy Corn on the Cob

In Food, Video by Cindy

Sweet corn is a summer treat, but few people will go to the trouble of cooking corn on the cob for just themselves. This YouTube video showing a fast and easy way to make corn on the cob for one has gone viral this summer. I can’t wait to try it! ShareEmailPrint

Let’s Move! Science Backs GMOs

In Administration, Biotechnology, Current News, Environmental, Food, Politics by Cathryn

Whether one is a fan of the White House’s Let’s Move! initiative or not, it almost inarguably plays a large role in our nation’s discussions on food. Today, Let’s Move! Executive Director and White House Senior Advisor on Nutrition Policy Sam Kass made a major statement about the future of food during the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives conference backing …

The More You Know

In Biotechnology, Environmental, Farming, Food, Food Prices, Media, Production by Cathryn

Remember the PSA’s that used to run with a tagline of “The More You Know?” They provided a helpful little piece of info on a broad array of subject? Today, Real Clear Science writer Ross Pomeroy offered up a succinct PSA of his own correcting misconceptions about organic and conventional agriculture with scientific information. So what is the 15-second sound …

Women Finding “Common Ground” Through Food and Talk

In Activism, Food, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary features a guest post from CommonGround Minnesota volunteer and social media maven Wanda Patsche. In her post, Patsche offers links to common questions CommonGround volunteers hear and offers the inside scoop on the group’s recent dinner event. Women Finding “Common Ground” Through Food and Talk What happens when 24 urban women join 5 farm women and cook …