• Holly Spangler

    BSE: Here's What We Know

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 26, 2012

    Nine years ago, when BSE first appeared on U.S. soil, I wrote in my column for Prairie Farmer how the timing was really quite horrific for us. My husband recalls sitting on the couch, watching the news when the story broke on Christmas Eve. We were to sell our entire calf crop three weeks later and as he so colorfully recalls, "I thought I was going to throw up." The fear, of course, was the outbreak would spark food safety fears, ravage markets, slam exports and bring the reality of horrible…

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    Food: It's Not Incorporated and It's More than a Movie

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 24, 2012

    Chicken and noodles. Lunch meat platters with croissants. Homemade mac and cheese. The best coffee cake you've ever eaten. A chocolate cake for my birthday. All this and more poured into my mother's kitchen just before and just after her death last month. All from friends and neighbors, wanting to help. Wanting to comfort. And they did. Food is powerful, is it not? Not just for sustenance, though it handles that well, too. But for comfort for a grieving family, for a sick family…

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    How a Good Product Got a Bad Rap

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on April 12, 2012

    John and I went out for a nice, leisurely dinner last weekend, and over the course of the conversation, I somehow mentioned "that whole pink slime thing." To which he said, "What pink slime thing?" "You don't know what I'm talking about?" "No. No idea. Am I supposed to?" I had two immediate thoughts. One, that I have failed in a measurable way as an ag journalist, if even my husband doesn't know about pink slime. Granted, we've had a lot going on the past month. But still. And two…

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