Feast & Famine in the ag industry

Feast: Anti-agriculture activists — folks who love to tell other people how to live their lives — have a problem. Now the people who claim to be protecting the planet are beating up on people who claim to be protecting animals.
Go figure.
The so-called “Friends of the Earth” recently issued a report slamming the environmental benefits of meat substitutes and lab-grown animal products.

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Feast & Famine in the ag industry

By MAA
FAMINE: As competition intensifies for the best potential students among institutions of higher learning, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh didn’t do itself any favors recently by spending $20,000 to host a speech by anti-GMO, anti-modern agriculture activist Vandana Shiva.
Spending taxpayer money — essentially using the dollars of local farmers to host a speaker who attacks local farmers — was defended by the typical Ivory Tower Intellectual argument that colleges should foster “open” conversation and intellectual curiosity.

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Feast & Famine in the ag industry

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FEAST: At a time when consumers are more disconnected from the food chain than ever before, researchers from three prominent universities are confirming what many farmers already know: Transparency matters.

After personally visiting a farm, 95 percent of consumers leave with a “positive” or “very positive” impression about animal housing; and 91 percent to 96 percent have “high” or “very high” trust that the dairy farmers will do the right things with regard to caring for the animals, noted a team from Michigan State University, Ohio State University and the University of Vermont. Continue reading “Feast & Famine in the ag industry”

Feast & Famine in the ag industry — December 2017

By MAA

FAMINE: In the state of Wisconsin, no other industry gets close to the $44 billion annually generated by the dairy industry.

According to the University of Wisconsin, the business of milk has more impact in the state than the citrus industry does to Florida or the potato sector does to Idaho.

So when the head of the state’s largest business lobby — Kurt Bauer of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce — recently floated the idea of removing “America’s Dairyland” from Wisconsin license plates, one can justifiably question whether he’s lost the credibility to lead the organization. Continue reading “Feast & Famine in the ag industry — December 2017”

Feast & Famine in the ag industry

FEAST: It’s a legal victory that took too long in the coming, but we celebrate it nonetheless.

The Court of Justice of the European Union in June ruled that, within the EU, a number of dairy terms must only be used on products that come from an animal. While “milk” is the obvious first product, the ruling also extends to words like “butter,” “cream,” “cheese” and “yogurt.” Additionally, and importantly, attempting to modify these terms by adding a descriptor isn’t allowed either – meaning things like “veggie cheese” or “plant milk” simply cannot exist.

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