• Josh Flint

    Broadband Access Is Necessary to Attract Young Homeowners

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 29, 2012

    Potential home buyers are increasingly asking a very pointed question when looking to buy in a rural area. “They want to know how fast the internet speed is,” says Mike Rudibaugh, with Partnership for a Connected Illinois. There are a number of ways to label different internet speeds. For the younger generation, anything under 3 mbps is too slow. At 3 mbps, you could download a 3 minute song from iTunes in about 8 seconds. Large downloads or streaming movies can be a hassle…

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    High Food Prices Didn't Cause as Much Poverty as Reported

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 21, 2012

    Remember all those news reports about the explosion in food costs in 2008? I distinctly recall one farmer saying the local news reported that the price of popcorn at the movie theater was going up because so the price of corn was so high. Ignorance aside, there were a lot of reports about how many households had fallen to poverty levels due to rising food costs. It turns out many of these reports were over exaggerated. According to a report published by University of Illinois&rsquo…

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    Union of Concerned Scientists' Article on Monsanto Gets an F

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on February 7, 2012

    I have a lot on my plate this week, but I had to take a few moments to respond to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report is called “Eight Ways Monsanto Fails at Sustainable Agriculture.” It’s a bunch of crap. To start with, it makes sense that the group is not called the Union of Concerned Economists. If it were, half of their eight bullet points would have succinct answers. I’m speaking of promoting pesticide resistance, increased herbicide…

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