Food

A Lot Going On

June 9 2016

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Another week goes by – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look to be our Presidential candidates.  It’s quite a contrast.  Polls indicate that they are in a dead heat, but it’s a long time until…

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GMOs and Organic

April 7 2016

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The U.S. Senate has failed to pass legislation to stop states from requiring GMO labeling. With a patchwork of different state labeling laws, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack warns of “chaos.”

Critics of…

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2016 Dietary Guidelines

January 14 2016

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I asked a couple of friends of mine in Illinois and Kansas – what do you think of the newly released Dietary Guidelines? Their answer – what Dietary Guidelines? The public is not paying much attention…

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Chipotle Mexican Grill

December 31 2015

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Today’s subject – Chipotle Mexican Grill – they sell “food with integrity.” They have been marketing with misleading ads and videos, suggesting that conventional food production – you know,…

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2015 Dietary Guidelines - Will They Be Credible?

November 19 2015

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USDA and HHS are close to issuing the 2015 version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines, issued every five years, must be based on “the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge current at the…

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Meat—A Carcinogen

November 5 2015

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Pick up the paper, turn on the TV, and someone pretending to know what they are talking about will be telling us what to eat and what not to eat.

I remember 30 years ago when I was Secretary of Agriculture and a number of food…

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Pork Under Attack

October 29 2015

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I was on the farm last week. Harvest is all wrapped up. Yields were not a record but good – corn 213 bushels per acre and soybeans 72 bushels per acre. Now, everyone up and down the road is starting to apply the fertilizer…

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Four Issues

September 24 2015

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I have four issues to put on the table today.

The first is Pope Francis’s visit to Cuba. I think his visit will help improve relations between our two countries. President Obama is moving to reduce business and travel…

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Raw Milk

August 13 2015

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“Got raw milk? Well, don’t drink it. Too many people are risking their health and the health of their children.” Those are the words of Dr. Richard Raymond, former U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for food…

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Honey Bees

July 30 2015

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In the past 2 or 3 years, I have read (I don’t know how many articles) sounding the alarm of the dying honey bees. “Colony Collapse Disorder” will result in a shortage of food crops that rely on honey bees for…

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