• Josh Flint

    It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 23, 2009

    Once again, my worst fears about consumers have been confirmed.   In a recent University of Illinois study, consumers were given descriptions of two different apples. One was described as locally grown, while the other was said to be genetically modified. Consumers overwhelmingly checked the box for locally grown. (Keep in mind, there was no taste test, just descriptions on paper.)   In a second questionnaire, researchers pitted locally grown versus apples with a "reduced environmental…

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    Traditional Versus Factory Farms

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 11, 2009

    This whole condemnation of technology within farming practices is getting out of hand.   Today, I read an Op-Ed piece from the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/opinion/31niman.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&emc=etal). The use of the word "traditional" immediately jumped off the page and raised my blood pressure. Essentially, the author uses "traditional" as the antithesis of "factory farm." Thus, if you have cows on pasture, you're traditional. If you operate a CAFO, you're…

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    Why Is the University System Wrapped In a Blanket of Red Tape?

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 5, 2009

    In January, my wife is going back to school to become a teacher.   This past summer, she started gathering information on what it would take to obtain a teaching certificate. Sounds easy, right?   Here is her situation. She currently holds a bachelor of art in communication. She would like to teach language arts at the high school level. Thus, the question she posed to several universities was "What would it take?"   Well, this simple question took quite some time for the venue of…

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