Greenpeace founder calls for acceptance of GMO foods

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Dr. Patrick Moore appeared last week at the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council annual meeting — just one of many stops along a tour to raise awareness that the acceptance of genetically modified foods (GMOs) is a life and death issue.

Moore recently staged protests in Toronto and in Vancouver, in front of the Rainbow Warrior — the ocean going vessel that Greenpeace has used to battle whaling.

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Associated Press story plows under the facts about ethanol

Do you enjoy writing filled with hyperbole? How about “reporting” that cites long-dispelled myths as fact and uses professional talking heads as sources? Is lazy journalism that aims to manufacture controversy (think Skip Bayless at ESPN or one of the many loudmouths that pollute the talk radio airwaves) your thing?

Then an upcoming story from the Associated Press (AP) about so-called “dirty” ethanol is right up your alley. The story is embargoed until Nov.

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Never read the comments (especially when the topic is ethanol)

Those who venture into the comments section of a newspaper website rarely emerge unscathed. Newspaper comments sections are a jungle of misinformation, nastiness, name-calling and anonymous people behind a keyboard who know very little and pretend (often angrily) that they know a lot.

All of that is ratcheted up by a factor of 10 when you wade into the comments section of a story about ethanol. There’s a reason we should all live by the following motto: Never read the comments.

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Cover crops get some northern exposure

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and University of Minnesota Extension recently hosted a field day at a 12-acre plot with different varieties of cover crops sown into corn and soybean fields near Roscoe, Minn. About 50 attendees — farmers, conservationists and educators — came on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to hear the experts talk about how cover crops really can work in Minnesota, and how they invigorate soil biology,

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Finding My Way to CommonGround

Written by Kristie Swenson

An uneventful 6th-grade sleepover turned into a defining moment in my life: my passion for agricultural literacy was ignited.  I grew up on a farm 13 miles from the nearest town, and when my friends and I went to feed our cattle, my friend, Sara, asked, “So, those are cows… right?”

I was shocked that Sara, who lived in a rural town (of which agriculture was,

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