Big Ag Equals Family.

The romanticized view of a family farm or ranch is a small acreage, a menagerie of farm animals and a large garden with abundant produce to feed the family for an entire year. Many of our ancestors farmed and did what they could to keep only their family sustained. Today, two percent of the population […]

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Is grass-finished beef healthier for me?

I get this question a lot. “Are your cattle fed grass or grain?” The question that usually accompanies this is, “Isn’t grass-fed beef healthier?” One common misperception with meat-buying is that organic, natural or grass-fed beef are healthier for me. No matter what type of beef food-eaters choose, they can be confident all types of […]

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“New Potatoes” of a GM variety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals. The USDA this month gave the Boise, Idaho-based company, J.R. Simplot Co. permission to begin commercial planting of its new spud, called the […]

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6 reason why my kind of Food Day is healthy & sustainable

Today is Food Day. Not office “food day” or post-birthday leftover food day (which is what I’m really celebrating). But food day that is being celebrated differently than most people in agriculture might think. Food Day was founded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Their goal is to help inspire Americans to […]

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Big Business changing policies, “safe sourcing” for animal welfare

Nestlé, the largest food company in the world by revenue, has announced industry-leading changes to its animal welfare program intended to eliminate “many controversial-yet-currently-standard practices within its worldwide food supply chain.” Not surprising, but the the “Big Business” has pledged to overhaul the following practices: “confinement of sows in gestation crates, calves in veal crates […]

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Top 10 questions about GMOs

What are your questions about GMOs? GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information are helping to answer those questions. They have commissioned a new national survey which identifies, for the first time, the top 10 questions consumers have about GMOs and to open up the conversation on biotechnology’s role in agriculture. Over the next […]

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#AgCensus data shows who we are, what we produce

USDA released their final 2012 #AgCensus results yesterday and included some great infographics on the current status of American agriculture.  Some interesting points that I pulled out: The average age of farm operators is 58, yet 22% of all farmers in the U.S. were beginning farmers in 2012. I’m pretty impressed by the number of […]

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Local meat

“Locally produced” is one of the hottest terms in the food business today, according to an article posted recently on CattleNetwork.  I’ve discussed “local” before with expanding our definitions of local, food trends and even “big beef”. But I guess I’ve never really defined (on the blog) my own definition of “local”. Local to Me: […]

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GMOs and Environmentalism can work together

We all change our minds about things, right? I had the pleasure of interacting with a #SeedsofChange webinar from the Danforth Plant Science Center (@danforthcenter) featuring Mark Lynas (@mark_lynas) today. Mark jokingly started his talk that he is shamelessly known more for an apology, but is glad to share his story about his background of […]

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FOOD: Transforming the American Table

One of the sites I was most looking forward to while in Washington, D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend was the FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000 exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I had read about this exhibit from an ag blog (which I should have noted and cannot find now) […]

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