Commentary: Make mine locust—medium rare

Insects as a steak substitute? That notion’s been bandied about by eco-activists and fringe scientists for years. Now, it’s being tied to the ‘meat-is-bad-for-the-environment’ argument. FULL STORY »

Tune in to the Food Day conversation

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has launched a campaign called “Food Day,” slated for Oct. 24. The organization says that Food Day is a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. FULL STORY »

Raw milk tops list of foods to avoid

A story posted on CNN.com on earlier this week named raw milk, along with raw sprouts and raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico, as three foods so risky that you should avoid them altogether. Fans of raw milk are sure to be upset, and indeed, reader comments at the end of the story offer plenty of ire toward “big business” and “big government” that are trying to ruin the public’s right to choose. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The original locavores

As hunting season begins, a new angle on the pursuit of wild game may prove to be one of the most potent ways for advocates to gain support for an endangered pastime. FULL STORY »

Specialty butter products may be a dairy opportunity

The pure, natural image of butter offers appeal to a growing segment of consumers. There is an opportunity to capitalize on this consumer preference as butter moves away from being the dietary villain it was once perceived to be, says Brenda Reau, Michigan State University extension product development educator. “If consumer trends continue in this direction there may be additional market opportunities for dairy producers and processors.” FULL STORY »

Weather temporarily sacks anti-cheese billboard

A slow-moving low pressure system with gusty winds and persistent rain swirling over the Great Lakes region delayed yesterday’s planned unveiling of an anti-cheese billboard near Green Bay, Wis. The display is the brainchild of the activist group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. FULL STORY »

Activist group portrays cheese as grim reaper in Wisconsin billboard

Halloween and its ghosts and ghouls may be just around the corner, but the grim reaper is slated to put in an appearance Monday morning on a Green Bay, Wis.-area billboard. The twist is that this grim reaper wears a cheesehead hat and warns that cheese “Can sack your health”. FULL STORY »

Farm Bureau uses classroom handouts teaching children about agriculture

Michigan Farm News reports The state Farm Bureau will provide science curriculum for seventh-grade classrooms in 38 Michigan school districts to counter a book used in classrooms teaching false opinions about agriculture. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin lawmakers seek to overturn state’s margarine ban

A dozen Wisconsin legislators think the “dairy state” may be taking things too far when it comes to protecting dairy from competing products. Or at the very least it’s time to update legislation with roots in the 1800s that restricted and regulated margarine sales in favor of butter. FULL STORY »

CDC: kids need more low-fat milk

A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the fact that U.S. children do not consume enough low-fat milk. The research, published in the CDC report "Low-fat Milk Consumption Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2007-2008," shows that about 73 percent of children and teens drink milk, but only about 20 percent of them say they usually drink low-fat milk (skim or 1 percent). FULL STORY »

Commentary: Get in on the conversation

What are you doing on Sept. 22? I know you’re busy, but if at all possible, make time in your schedule to check out The Food Dialogues and get in on an important conversation with Americans about how we grow and raise our food. The event hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will stream live on the organization’s Web site from Washington D.C.; New York; Fair Oaks, Ind.; and Davis, Calif. FULL STORY »

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