• T.J. Burnham

    GMO Critics Face Future of Ridicule, Embarrassment

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 25, 2015

    When I was a younger ag journalist and Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" (1962) became the Bible of the environmental movement, I was jarred to think how short-sighted public perception could be about agriculture. Time passed and after covering the ag world in the wake of the book's far-reaching popularity, I  came to discover that some of the misuse of pesticides by the industry  was real, and that important changes were needed. Dawn the age of regulation, the…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Protesting for - not against -- GMOs

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on February 20, 2015

    Patrick Moore might be wrong. Maybe he does know how to win the political battle for biotechnology Moore, who spoke at the recent Northern Soybean Expo, was one of the early leaders of Greenpeace. Remember, the pictures of Greenpeace boats cutting in front of whaling ships and bearded protesters covering baby seals in the Arctic to prevent them from being clubbed to death in the annual seal hunt? That was Moore. But Moore left the organization in 1986 because he said it become extremist and…

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  • Mindy Ward

    Should my child work at Monsanto's "Evil" Empire?

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on February 6, 2015

    In the back pages of a 2010-11 Warrenton High School yearbook, page 139 to be exact, is a quote from my daughter. That year she was voted to be the "Most successful freshman in 10 years." The yearbook staff asked about her future. "My plans after high school are to attend Mizzou, and after that hopefully things will fall into place. I want to major in plant biology and become a researcher for Monsanto." So imagine my disappointment when last week an email came to my inbox…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    If they had do the work, no one would be against GMOs

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on January 22, 2015

    What bull! Green America announced today that is calling for Sabra, the world’s largest manufacturer of hummus, to remove GMOs from its ingredients Hummus is dip made from chickpeas, soybean oil and other ingredients. It’s marketed as a healthy alternative to competitors’ dairy-based dips used with vegetables and chips. Chickpeas aren’t genetically modified. The soybean oil could be made from GMO soybeans, of course. I don’t mind Green America lobbying Sabra to…

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  • Paula Mohr

    National GMO Labeling Hearing Dec. 10

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on December 5, 2014

    As I shared in a previous blog, there is a new national coalition that is working with lawmakers, media and consumers to share the facts about genetically-engineered technology, specifically GMOs. More than two dozen organizations--from farm groups to food manufacturers--came together to form the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food. Its overriding goal is to establish national safety and labeling standards for GMO foods and beverages. The coalition was formed in in response to various state…

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  • Paula Mohr

    Minnesota Schools Jump On Non-GMO Bandwagon

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on November 21, 2014

    Don't you wish that folks would take up truly life-impacting causes, such as ending homelessness, hunger and spouse/child abuse? People who have GMOs in their sights have good hearts, I'm sure. However, they are misguided in their goals. And now some Minnesota schools are jumping on the anti-GMO bandwagon. Five metro area schools--Hopkins, Minneapolis, Orono, Shakopee and Westonka--reportedly celebrated 'GMO Awareness Day' earlier this month by offering non-GMO menu…

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  • T.J. Burnham

    GMO Labeling Victories in West Underscore Public's Understanding

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on November 19, 2014

    Looking back on the November initiative defeats of the GMO labeling initiatives in Oregon and Colorado, I am impressed with what seems to be a public understanding that individual state label laws put farmers in those states in a competitive disadvantage with those in other parts of the U.S. Or was it that?  Could it be only the glitz of the most impressive ads on TV led them to vote away the GMO label nuisances?  Or, perhaps, maybe the general public is sympathetic with the GMO…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    Ebola, ISIS And Efforts To Avoid Hunger Crisis

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 22, 2014

    Experts on the topic of agriculture and hunger from around the world gathered in Des Moines last week for the 2014 version of the annual World Food Prize "Borlaug Dialogue" symposium. This year's theme: Can the world sustainably feed its projected population of 9 billion people by the year 2050? The reports the experts gave show the world faces big challenges to reach that goal. Global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected demand. Unless…

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  • Paula Mohr

    Dilution Is Not The Solution

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on October 1, 2014

    The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association recently reported that a member found treated soybean seed in a grain bin, resulting in financial loss due to contamination. Supposedly, a farmer was unable to work with his seed supplier on a plan to dispose of the leftover treated seed and co-mingled this seed with his harvested crop. MGFA noted that more than 70% of the soybeans planted or intended to be planted this season were treated with a fungicide. This required extra care by farmers to keep…

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  • Josh Flint

    Dicamba/2,4-D Technologies Are Not Interchangeable

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on August 4, 2014

    With a bit of luck, farmers may be planting corn and soybeans with new herbicide tolerances by 2016. Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist and Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Xtend will hopefully be fully approved for planting in the U.S. and importation into China two growing seasons from now. As a member of the ag media, these two companies are in full promotional mode on these new products. Yet, it occurs to me that most farmers probably haven’t been inundated with info on Enlist and Xtend…

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