The Company Proposition 37 Keeps

In Biotechnology, Food, Politics, Prop. 37, Regulations by Cathryn

Voters, confronted by an onslaught of political advertising this year, might not have the time or energy to carefully peruse every issue confronting them on the ballot. With a myriad of possible implications and unspecified consequences, each issue presents challenges for even the politically-minded citizen. In the battle to make a choice that reflects their actual intention, many voters, quite …

Consumers Have a Right to Know

In Biotechnology, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Legislation, Politics, Prop. 37, State Groups by Cathryn

In the California GMO Labeling debate, it seems everyone involved can agree upon one basic premise – consumers have a right to know. The debate occurs around exactly what that right entails. Arguing to redefine terms such as “natural”, even to the exclusion of foods such as olive oil, proponents of the bill seem to believe consumers have a right …

Join the Friendly Farm Faces on Capitol Hill This Summer

In Corny News, Education, Farm Bill, Farming, General, government, Media, Politics, Regulations, State Groups by Cathryn

Have you ever heard about the Corn Farmers Coalition and wondered who actually sees this stuff? Sure, the ads catch attention from a mile away.  Sure, the beaming family farmers, on their real farms, convey powerful, impactful messages about today’s farm.  Sure, these ads appear to be something that would draw any normal reader into a short ag literacy lesson. …

Celebrity Chefs Forget a Pinch of Humility, Whip Up Bitter Baloney

In Activism, Farm Bill, Farming, Food, government, Media, Politics by Cathryn

This election year, Americans are already growing increasingly agitated with pompous, self-important celebrities who feel an uncontrollable desire to pontificate upon politics. Qualified only by having played a politician in a made-for-TV movie or having co-written a B-side flop, these self-anointed bearers of the divine torch of celebri-smarts help us regular folk understand our mistaken, unworldly personal ponderings. Honestly, who …

Destroying Basic Principles of American Society, One Occupation at a Time

In Activism, Current News, Food, General, Media, Politics by Cathryn

In coverage of the recent “occupation” of agricultural research land at the University of California- Berkley, one essential point was striking in its absence.  While a public university, the land these so-called activists forcibly took over is, in fact, private property.  Their actions in doing so showed complete disregard for the principles upon which our nation was founded, for the …

Former House Speaker on Importance of Ethanol

In Audio, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Farming, Politics by Cindy

The 59th Speaker of the House, a farm boy from Illinois, served as one of the nation’s leaders during a pivotal time in the history of this country – smack in the middle of 9/11. It was a time that helped Denny Hastert realize the importance of national energy security. “If we’re going to be a dynamic progressive, productive country …

Thinking the Local Food Movement Would Be Good for the Economy? Think Again.

In Farming, Food, Food Prices, Politics, Sustainability by Cathryn

Local food is sexy.  Like any trend, interesting, powerful people seem to love it. From Michelle Obama to a slew of celebrity chefs, everyone seems to be talking about the exact farmer from which they purchased their lettuce.  The hottest restaurants include menu descriptions that read like a list of the most prominent family from every bordering local community.  On …

A Logical Solution from Trustworthy Sources? It is Possible

In Ethanol, Politics by Cathryn

What advice do retired generals and admirals have for federal officials looking to improve national security?  If you want a safer tomorrow for Americans, start fueling more cars with ethanol today. According to a report released by a nonprofit research organization on the findings of the Military Advisory Board, reducing our oil consumption by 30 percent through the use of …

Occupy Wall Street, Not My Belly

In Activism, Current News, Farming, Food, Food Prices, General, Media, Politics, Social Media by Cathryn

For more than a month and a half now, Occupy Wall Street protesters have taken over city parks and the national news programs protesting social and economic inequality and corporate greed and power.  Within weeks of its beginning, the movement grew not just geographically, with satellite protests springing up across the nation, but also internally. By now, some protesters even …

Do Not Let Awareness of this Springs Flood Recede Along with the River

In Activism, Conservation, Environmental, Farming, General, Politics, Water by Cathryn

In a summer plagued by extreme weather, farmers along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers watched as water swelled from its banks and, eventually, covered many of their fields.  These farmers continue working to salvage the 400,000 acres lost to the flood. This is about more than flooded farms and homes though– this is about people’s lives and livelihoods. 2011 has …