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

By MAA
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”