Organic Farming and Modern Technology: Friend or Foe?

June 27, 2014

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Note: This post originally appeared on the Genetic Literacy Project website here. I just listened to a recent interview with Julie Borlaug, associate director for external relations for the Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. Julie is the daughter of the scientist who is often referred to as the ‘father of the […]

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Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing

June 6, 2014

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Note: This piece originally appeared on the “Genetic Literacy Project” site here. It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Food, Organic

Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?

April 10, 2014

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According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to take its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price […]

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Want to Move the GMO Discussion Forward? Label Them!

March 26, 2014

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Here’s a post I wrote a few weeks ago for the Genetic Literacy Project. Their readers tend toward the “pro-GMO” perspective, and that’s the audience I had in mind when writing this piece. Here’s my thesis: I believe mandatory labels would be the best tool to provide clear, accurate and consistent information to consumers about […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Food

Deconstructing Don Huber – A Tale of Two Talks

January 10, 2014

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This is a story of two talks, both of which are almost identical. It’s also the story of two people, both of whom are also the same person. What separates both are a couple of years, perspective gained, and perspective lost. I first heard Dr. Don M. Huber, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at Purdue […]

Better Beef? A Retro Perspective on Market Differentiation

January 8, 2014

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I noticed this certificate posted on the wall of an Ottawa diner we visited last weekend, and I couldn’t resist capturing the image. Issued in 1994, the faded print assures consumers that the restaurant uses Alberta Beef: “A Sign of Superior Quality” and it’s signed by representatives of the Alberta goverment, the Alberta Cattle Commission, […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Food

An Organic Farmer Walks into Monsanto…

December 13, 2013

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The story of how I came to be touring Monsanto starts back in late April and a blog post where I questioned the current tenor of the GMO debate. It caught the attention of Janice Person, a Social Media Director for Monsanto, who commented, “if you ever want to see what we do at Monsanto, I would love […]

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