Discovery how plant breeding works with a colorful Ag Mag from the
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Topics include: definition of seed technology, how DNA works within the cell, what kinds of seeds are found around the world & how plant breeding has evolved.
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Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are plants, animals or other organisms developed using genetic engineering.
Take a deeper dive into what that means and how scientists make those modifications with University of Illinois researcher and plant breeder, Dr. Brian Diers, in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast.
Click below to listen and remember to tune in every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for the Farm to Table segment on WJBC Radio.
Weed free fields are more than just for looks. Unwanted plants compete with the crop for sunlight, soil and water.
Check out some of the tools and strategies farmers use to control weeds in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast with farmer Gerald Thompson.
Tune in every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for Farm to Table on WJBC Radio.
To mandate labeling or not to mandate labeling? that is the current question about foods made with ingredients containing ‘GMOs’ or Genetically Modified Organisms.
Take a deeper look at the issue with Tamara Nelsen, Senior Director of Commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast.
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When it comes to food labeling, it seems like there’s a war of words happening…and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with safety or nutrition.
Here’s a few nuggets on labeling from this week’s news:
Almond “Milk” by any other name still taste as sweet? A class action lawsuit in California may determine the fate of the name for this dairy alternative, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. For the skinny on a second milk tale fresh from Florida, check out
this story about whether skim milk without added vitamins can be labeled “milk” from the Washington Post. If a blueberry can’t be grown from a GMO (genetically modified organism) seed why label it GMO free?
This story from the Wall Street Journal looks at why some farmers and food companies are paying the price for labels even when their product isn’t one of the eight crops with commercially available GMO seeds currently on the market. For another look at the marketing motivation for GMO food labels, check out
this story from NPR’s The Salt about the “health halo” driving some companies to label. And when it comes to gluten free food labels, check out
this perspective about how the gluten free fad may negatively affect those with celiac’s disease who truly need to eat gluten free, also from the Wall Street Journal.
For more on food labeling and answers from experts, check out
When you shop what do you look for on the food label?