On April 22, USFRA brought food luminaries from across the spectrum to the 2013 BIO International Convention for the first part of The Food Dialogues: Chicago, a two-part series. The panel discussion, titled “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers,” tackled all sides of this complicated issue.Watch the Event & Highlights
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) announced that Chris Chinn (Mo.), Will Gilmer (Ala.), Katie Pratt (Ill.), and Bo Stone (N.C.), have been selected as the winners of its Faces of Farming & Ranching program, a nationwide search launched in summer 2012 to help put real faces on the American agriculture industry.View the Winners
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While we know the topic of biotechnology always stirs a number of emotions with our followers, we wanted to share this Time Magazine article on GMOs. Valid points on both ends of the spectrum and worth the read. What do you think?
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Last winter was apparently a difficult one for bees. Here’s yet another report on the topic: http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18110117-last-winter-was-a-real-killer-for-the-honeybees-and-heres-why?lite&lite=obnetwork
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Our hearts and thoughts today are with those in the Heartland hit by the devastating tornado.
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We hear a great deal about climate change and the impact farming has on the environment. Is it possible that yards are creating more carbon dioxide than a corn field? According to a study published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal, lawns are producing more carbon dioxide than researchers originally calculated. http://feedstuffsfoodlink.com/story-lawns-emit-more-carbon-dioxide-corn-fields-71-97873
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Have drought conditions throughout the Midwest eased after recent rains? What are you seeing? http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130509-710934.html
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Ever wonder what the process to become organic certified entails? This blogger outlines the steps their farm takes and the items needed for review before and during their inspection. http://carolyncares.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/organic-certification-inspection-day/
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We see a number of comments on declining bee colonies. Here’s an article from the U.K that talks about their recent ban on certain neonicotinoids. It also highlights a USDA study that looked at the complex factors for the declining population. http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/05/05/2013/138926/us-report-cites-many-factors-for-bee-decline.htm#.UYlKFKLCaSp
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One of our followers recently posted this and we wanted to share. One is an article on the 10 reasons why we shouldn't have biotechnology (GMO) crops for food and the second is a blog post walking through 10 reasons why biotechnology is important. What do you think of these two posts? http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Safety/gmo/gm-foods_0504130551.html http://doccamiryan.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/10-reasoned-responses-to-10-reasons-we-dont-need-gmos/
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Could Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen actually scare consumers into making unhealthy food choices? This writer certainly thinks the list unfairly creates negativity around nutritious food, adding caution to those who choose to avoid the foods that make the EWG’s list. http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/nutritious-apples-poisonous-claims/
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