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    Anti-GMOers Aim To Kill Food Abundance With GMO Labeling

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     by John Vogel
     on September 20, 2013

    Working at a fair booth, I struck up a friendly conversation with Sharon in a neighboring booth. She was marketing "natural" foods. Somehow, the conversation became more adversarial when we hit on the topic of (horrors of) genetically-modified organisms in foods and the need for GMO labeling. If you've read my columns, you already know what I think about the topic. I mentioned there's not one shred of evidence that genetically-engineered products are unsafe. Sharon…

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    Anti-GMOers Want To Rule Over Dairy Farmers By 'Mob Rule'

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     by John Vogel
     on July 17, 2013

    Last night, I shut off my television in disgust at the anger, illogic and threats of violence voiced by demonstrators over George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict. But America's political and justice systems aren't the only institutions threatened by mob rule. Today, while quietly spooning up my Chobani Greek yogurt, my stomach churned while reading a Web release about a campaign to force Chobani to stop using milk from New York cows fed genetically-modified feeds. Like…

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    U.S. Being Out-bid For Its Own Food

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     by John Vogel
     on February 15, 2011

     Last week's Associated Press article about how corn prices are driving up food prices drew a visceral response from me. So I sent the Harrisburg Patriot a "letter to the editor" to offer a little more perspective. It's sure to provoke a wave of anti-ethanol zealots with half-vast information. Yes, food prices have been and are rising. And yes, rising grain prices – along with rising beef, pork, poultry and wool prices – will impact food and clothing prices even more in the…

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    Got 'Gold Fever'? Get Vaccinated!

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     by John Vogel
     on January 4, 2011

    You've no doubt seen those television advertisements touting gold as a get-rich-quick investment. Well, it is a get-rich-quick proposition – for the seller! The gold coin "sales pitchers" say it's worth its weight in gold. Well, yes. In fact, it always has been. But as Cornell Ag Economist William Schulze noted recently at Cornell's Agribusiness Outlook Conference, today's gold prices are trading on fear induced by the global economic recession. Would he buy gold today? "Certainly…

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    Project Your Good Image With Care!

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     by John Vogel
     on September 15, 2010

      Consumers generally see farmers as hard working independent souls – ones they admire. But they are bombarded with negative media images of animal cruelty, food safety crises, stream pollution, as well as the grim specter of “factory farms” and “corporate farms”. That was one of the issues discussed in a visit with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer early this week. As Shaffer pointed out, we in agriculture don’t condone “bad…

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    Raising Stink Without Real Manure

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     by John Vogel
     on February 22, 2010

    One lesser aspect of human nature is that we too often form opinions based on what we want to believe. We can forgive those who base their sentiments on their own, perhaps bad, experiences. But unfortunately, a mercenary element of America’s society preys on culpability. And some try to legitimize misinformation via the Internet.   How’s that, you ask? Well, here are a few examples.   ·        The most recent is the protest of putting a chicken manure-fired power plant in a central…

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