• Josh Flint

    Chipotle's Food Is Bad

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 7, 2014

    I’ve been slow to jump on the Chipotle-shaming bandwagon. My apologies. Numerous ag blogs have focused on the burrito shop’s Farmed and Dangerous ad campaign. If you’ve been living under a rock, the campaign is yet another attempt to create a distinct line in the sand between evil corporate farmers and altruistic organic/sustainable/local/(insert buzzword) farmers. In my experience covering Illinois ag, the farmers raising meat for big companies like Tyson Foods and Cargill…

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    E85 Is Too Expensive (in the Metro-East)

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 23, 2013

    I’ve driven nearly 1,500 miles in the past two weeks. To make two winding trips around the state of Illinois, I rented a Ford Focus. Since my personal car is a Nissan, I was excited about taking full advantage of the Flex Fuel component that comes with Ford automobiles. Only one of the fuel stations along my travels offered E85. It was a station just a couple miles from my house. Since I was filling the car up before I returned it, I didn’t get a chance to see what sort…

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    A Rebuttal To the Monsanto Protestors

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 28, 2013

    Last weekend, GMO haters decided to protest Monsanto. On Twitter, Monsanto sent out a Tweet that included my blog on the “research” that says glyphosate is to blame for every disease/health condition known to man. Since the headline was “Let’s Blame Monsanto’s Glyphosate for Everything! (or not),” I got a few hate Tweets. Apparently anti-GMO protestors in the midst of blaming Monsanto for everything didn’t appreciate the irony of such a blog…

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    Let's Blame Monsanto's Glyphosate For Everything! (or not)

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 2, 2013

    Used to be, you needed a printing press and barrels of ink if you wanted to be heard in this world. Today, you just need an internet connection.  Yesterday, a friend sent me a link to this Reuters’ article that essentially says glyphosate is to blame for every health issue known to man. I surfed around and found the original paper, which was published in a physics journal called Entropy. Say what you will about journalists, but most of us are naturally skeptical. Maybe I…

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    Ethanol and Chicken Square Off in Pre-Super Bowl Showdown

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 24, 2013

    Just in time for the Super Bowl, we’ve got folks in ag arguing over a chicken wing shortage. Fox News ran a story yesterday that featured a quote from Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst for the National Chicken Council. In essence, Roenigk said chicken supply is down because of high feed prices. Feed prices were up because of the drought and the RFS mandate. Growth Energy wasted no time in responding with a football-themed news release defending the RFS. Reading…

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    Will 2013 Be the Breakthrough Year for Cellulosic Ethanol?

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 16, 2012

    As we reported in the October issue of Prairie Farmer, cellulosic ethanol has a lot to prove next year. It’s been a running joke in ag for some time – “Cellulosic ethanol has been three to four years away for the past 10 years.” Most know the best jokes have a bit of truth to them. This one certainly does. Prior to joining Farm Progress, I worked for Country Journal Publishing in Decatur. Biofuels Journal is one of several magazines they publish. When I joined in…

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    Quinn's Downstate Drought Trip Was Less Than Admirable

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 17, 2012

    Yesterday, I drove down to Waltonville to see Illinois Governor Pat Quinn discuss the severe drought that’s devastating much of the state. An hour later, I felt like Linus standing in the middle of a pumpkin patch, albeit more like a sweet-corn patch in 100-degree-F heat. Here’s how it went down. The Illinois Farm Bureau announced it would be hosting Quinn to tour some sad-looking corn fields in Jefferson County. That’s right, he was leaving the confines of Chicago to move…

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    I'm Off to Explore Cuban Agriculture

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     by Josh Flint
     on June 27, 2012

    I’m very close to being a full-fledged digital/social media addict. I check e-mail, Facebook and Twitter combined about 100 times a day. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I’ll be “detoxing” over the next five days. I’m travelling with the Illinois Farm Bureau to Cuba. Smartphones and the like will not work in this country. In many ways, it will be like turning back the clock to 1999. Either I’ll enjoy it, or I’ll suffer massive withdrawal…

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    Pondering the Gory of War

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 28, 2012

    On a day such as this, it’s easy to get swept up in the patriotic images we often associate with war. A grandfather looking dapper in his dress uniform, Old Glory framed for display, or white gloves firing rifles in a 21-gun salute. For many in my generation, these images are how we understand Memorial Day. The majority of us did not go to war. We don’t understand how it feels to see close friends, many of them barely over the age of 18, die in an arena of combat. In 8th…

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    Let's All Calm Down About the Yahoo Ag Degree Article

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     by Josh Flint
     on January 26, 2012

    I’ve never seen so much outrage over something that doesn't deserve a second thought. I’m speaking of Terence Loose’s “College Majors That Are Useless” article. Everyone in the ag industry is up in arms over this piece of terrible journalism. Calm down folks, it’s Yahoo, which in my mind is a step or two above the National Enquirer in terms of news quality. At this very moment, three of the top five news items aren’t even news (a ball boy made an…

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