Farmers Continue Fighting Cynical Snark with Open, Inclusive Conversations

In Activism, Current News, Food by Cathryn

Last week, Corn Commentary ran a post on how CommonGround volunteers have begun answering Chipotle’s claims and explaining why they are farmed but not dangerous. Click here to view. This week, more volunteers answered the call, creating fantastic content. In addition to the original post by Maryland farmer Jennie Schmidt, four Iowa volunteers also took the initiative to tell their …

Growing Global Food Security through Growing Acceptance Modern Ag

In Biotechnology, Current News, Farming, Food, Food Prices by Cathryn

A Reuters news story released today confirmed that the advanced tools and practices used by modern American farmers can have a massive positive impact in reducing global hunger if more widely adopted. Assuming the idea of reducing human suffering holds near universal appeal, this finding demonstrates how arguments for a return to the farming ways of yesterdays and against the …

Cut through the Dizzying Deluge of Confectionery Confusion

In Corny News, Food, HFCS by Cathryn

If you have anything in common with the blog staff at Corn Commentary, you probably have no clue what you might get your significant someone for Valentine’s Day yet. You may have spent endless hours flipping furiously through webpages on your phone with a blank mind and pounding pulse. What could bring a smile to the face of someone who …

A New Shape for Popcorn

In Food by Cindy

A new market for popcorn has taken shape in the snack food aisle – Popcorners. Our Popcorners family proudly presents our wholesome, delicious new shape of popcorn to your family. Here at Popcorners we have spent a great deal of time tasting, testing and perfecting what we genuinely believe will be a new generation of popcorn. Now, take your time …

CommonGround Volunteer Shares GMO Insight

In Biotechnology, Food, Guest Blogger by Cathryn

The following blog post was authored by Minnesota family farmer and CommonGround volunteer Kristie Swenson. Swenson participates in CommonGround, which is a joint project of the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their state affiliates, to help moms off the farm know how the moms on America’s farms grow and raise their food. By sharing her stories, …

Corn Bran Takes the Cake

In Food by Cindy

You can have your cake with more fiber and less fat and eat it too – with corn bran. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service reports that white layer cakes can be made healthier by replacing some of the flour with finely ground corn bran without significantly undermining many of the qualities of this favorite treat. Experiments done by USDA food technologist …

How to Write Like an Angry GMO Expert

In Activism, Animal rights, Biotechnology, Food by Cindy

Dr. Jude Capper is a livestock sustainability consultant, professor of animal sciences, and a “bovidiva” according to her blog of the same name. Last week she did a great post entitled “Activism 101 – How to Write Like An Angry Internet “Expert” on GMOs.” An asterisk after the word “expert” points to a footnote: *Note that being an “expert” does …

Chick-Fil-A Makes a Bitter Blunder

In Food by Cathryn

Chick-Fil-A announced that, like so many others before it, the company will make the myth-based marketing maneuver to remove high fructose corn syrup from its sauce. Instead of standing for sound science and maintaining the current quality of its astoundingly popular products, these big chickens have bowed to the bogus peer pressure cited by brands when hitching their image to …

World Food Prize Overload

In Audio, Food by Cindy

I’m still suffering from World Food Prize sensory and information overload. If you have never been to this event, you really should go. It is amazing to see and hear farmers, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and researchers from so many nations gathered together for the central cause of feeding people. World Food Prize Foundation president Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn says the event …

Sugar Spins a Scary Story, but Science Sheds Its Less-than-Sweet Trick

In Food, HFCS by Cathryn

A new study released just yesterday  confirms what many have already known for a while now – There’s no need to look for candy labeled “No HFCS” in your little trick-or-treaters sack of loot this year. It’s fine to let them enjoy their bounty of colorful candies not matter which sugar makes them sweet: corn, cane or beet. The timely …