AG/FDA Blog

John Block: GMOs Under Assault

By John R. Block We can’t seem to silence or satisfy the loud scream of opposition to GE crops. The reason probably is that up until now we have ignored them. It’s time to stand up and set the record straight. GE food is safe and even beneficial… Read More
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GM Opponents are Science Deniers

Climate change is real and GM technology is safe, but those in denial want to undermine the public understanding of science with misinformation and pseudo-debate By Nina Fedoroff, Peter Raven and Phillip Sharp, as published in The Guardian The auth… Read More
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The Ghost of Thanksgiving Future

By Nina Fedoroff, Ken Cassman and Marshall L. Matz, as published in the Des Moines Register The Ghost of Christmas Future is the most fearsome character in “The Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story, giving Sc… Read More
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Climate Smart, Sustainable Agriculture

By Marshall L. Matz and Peter B. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse On September 29, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva issued a call for climate smart agriculture and a “… Read More
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Consumers are Misled About Organic Safety

By John R. Block, as published in the Des Moines Register Every day millions of shoppers are paying out as much as 50 or 100 percent more to buy organic foods for themselves and their families. I have friends who make these choices because they have… Read More
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Organic Confusion

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Organic foods are “in.”  Analysts estimate that U.S. organic food sales have reached $35 billion, or over 4% of all the foods consumed at home.  While that means 96% of the foods we consume are… Read More
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USDA Offers Guidance on “Made with Organic ___” Label Claims

The National Organic Program (NOP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final guidance document on “made with organic ___” labeling.  The guidance became effective on May 2, 2014. The guidan… Read More
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Food Security from the Tractor Seat

Last week’s headlines announced the arrival of higher food prices with more increases to come because of widespread drought in California and Texas.  Talk of climate change and its effect on food production in some circles has taken on a new sense… Read More
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USDA is Right on Carrageenan

Kudos to Secretary Vilsack and USDA for basing their regulatory decisions on sound science.  Another recent example is the Proposed Rule published on May 3rd that would re-list carrageenan as appropriate for use in organic food products.  The US… Read More
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Talking Agriculture to Democrats

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Look at a map of the 2012 election results by county and you quickly see the urban-rural divide in America. The vast swath of the heartland, much of the West and most of the South are red, while the u… Read More
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