• Josh Flint

    Junk Science Gives High Fructose Corn Syrup a Black Eye

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 28, 2012

    This had me screaming at the television last night. Our local news picked up the story and just ran a blanket summary. It went something like this: “High-fructose corn syrup has been linked to a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes. According to a new study, type 2 diabetes is 20% more common in countries that use high-fructose corn syrup, such as the U.S.” And, on to the next story. Before even digging into the matter, I yelled, “Correlation does not equal…

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    Hey Dad, What's the Estate Plan?

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 21, 2012

    Tomorrow, there will be turkey, gravy, potatoes, football and pie. Somewhere in there, you’ll also have time for family discussion and fellowship. With the uncertainty surrounding estate taxes, you may have an opportune time to approach this difficult subject. For many in the older generation, this may be the last thing you want to discuss. After all, it does remind you of your own mortality. However, if you’ve got a son or daughter farming with you, you’re not just…

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    Our Soybeans Aren't As Good As Brazil's

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 16, 2012

    We’ve got a serious disconnect in the soybean value chain. At the Illinois Soybean Association’s “What’s in a soybean? What’s in it for you?” event, I learned the first three links in the chain get paid for yield – the seed company, farmer and grain elevator. Once the soybean processor gets a hold of those soybeans, yield is a tiny concern compared to protein and oil content. The end user, most likely a poultry farm according to the…

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    Let's Quit This Food Snobbery Game

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 2, 2012

    Next week, California will vote on Proposition 37. This would force food manufacturers to label foods according to whether or not they contain GMO products. At the same time, I’m working on a series of articles that looks at organic agriculture in Illinois. Last week, Target announced it will now accept only crate-free pork. At every turn, consumers are becoming more concerned with their diet. Yet, I contend we’re still missing the forest for the trees. We’re…

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