• Josh Flint

    Ben Bernanke is Time's Person of the Year, Seriously?

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 21, 2009

    During the University of Illinois' Farm Economics Summit, economist Paul Ellinger didn't exactly spread holiday cheer.   Ellinger was the last speaker during the sessions, which were held in various Illinois locations last week. Ellinger spoke about the recession, essentially saying that hey, we're still in trouble here.   He started by pointing out the unemployment rate, which fell to 10% in November. However, it's still at 10%! In November 2007, it was 5.3%. Ellinger also pointed out that…

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    Sage Nutrition Advice From Dr. Oz

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 14, 2009

    I think I've mentioned before that my wife is going back to school to obtain her masters in teaching. She starts classes in January, but has taken most of December to prep for a couple entrance exams. This means she's home during the day.   Last week I left my basement office to venture upstairs for a glass of water. Along the way, I noticed she was watching Dr. Oz. He was discussing a healthy, wholesome diet. Looking for a reason to get angry, I decided to watch as he dispensed his sage…

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    Even Animal Activists Should Be Thanking Farmers

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     by Josh Flint
     on December 2, 2009

    With Thanksgiving fresh in our memories and the Christmas season upon us, I'd like to say thank you to the farmer.   I would like to say thank you for my free time and the ability to explore a career in journalism. Too often folks get hung up on the hum ho "thank you for my food" message without realizing what that means.   In Noel Kingsbury's new book Hybrid: The History of Science and Plant Breeding, the farmer's contribution is spelled out in a concise manner. According to the book, it…

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