• Josh Flint

    Blaming HFCS for the Obesity Epidemic Is Narrow Minded

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 27, 2010

    I know this is a novel idea, but is it possible that Americans are overweight because they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise? Not according to a new “scientific” article in Obesity (an actual research journal). The article places the blame on the shoulders of High Fructose Corn Syrup. It points the finger at soft drinks, saying HFCS is to blame for the country’s obesity epidemic. As I investigate the HFCS debate for the December Prairie Farmer, I’ve…

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    Learning to Speak the Language of Consumers

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 20, 2010

      Last night, I had an epiphany. When debating the economics of organic, sustainable, green, or (insert buzzword here) food production, we’re speaking the wrong language. When consumers hit me up with their activist food production spiel, I always respond with, “Yeah, but how much are you willing to pay for ground beef?” In discussing it with my wife, I realized a lot of folks don’t know what a reasonable price for ground beef is. Sure, the moms of the world…

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    Explaining the Science Behind Modern Farming

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 15, 2010

    There it was, at the bottom of my receipt. “Our chicken is antibiotic free!” I noticed this as was leaving the St. Louis Children’s Hospital cafeteria. For weeks, SLCH’s cafeteria has been baiting me with various bits of “sustainable” marketing propaganda on signs, the hospital t.v. channel, and now their receipts. They also proudly proclaim their milk is from non-RBST animals. Last weekend, I drove past a group of folks picketing a St. Louis KFC…

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    A Refreshing Animal Rights' Discussion

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 5, 2010

      Yesterday, I had a terrific animal rights conversation with a consumer. During a tour of the Illinois State University farm in Lexington, we stopped to view the sow gestation stalls. The stalls we were viewing were “flex stalls.” ISU is working in conjunction with University of Illinois to determine whether these stalls reduce stress. After about a minute, one of the students asked the inevitable, “Why are they biting the chains?” (Rather than gnawing on…

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