GettyImages519476052smallCopyWhether it’s the backdrop to family memories, a path to healthy living, or simply sustenance for our bodies, food is something we all share. But with today’s complex food choices, it can be difficult to sort reality from hype. That’s what this blog is all about – common sense, straight talk about the food on our tables and where it comes from. We invite you into our discussion and look forward to a lively dialogue.

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Edu-tain Your Herd

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In a world where everything is a swipe, click or a touch away we can easily forget that there is a behind-the-scenes process of how our products, services and goods become available to us. One of the biggest products in our lives is always sitting on the shelf right when we need it; food. But how does it get there?

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Sugar, Sugar

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Sugar is definitely a hot topic these days. In fact, sugar makes up 13 percent of the caloric intake of Americans (which is more than saturated fat). Being in-the-know about the different types of sugars and its impact on health is an important step in making the best food choices you can, so we did some background work for you.

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Dow AgroSciences Hunger Solutions Network: 5 years of Impact

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At an early age, I decided that I would choose a life path that, in some way, serves others and the greater good. As a result, I’ve had many volunteer experiences. I participated in a medical mission to the Dominican Republic, taught Zambian police departments about forensic science and led borehole water projects in Zimbabwe. Every experience has broadened my perspective reminded me what I take for granted.

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Meeting in the Middle

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When I think about my family, friends, coworkers and career, it is safe to say that I am completely immersed in agriculture. I grew up on a farm East of Vulcan, Alberta. My mom and dad, as well as their parents on both sides, farmed. My closest friends all work in the agriculture industry, so you can imagine our conversations and our pro-GMO mindsets are well aligned.

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Better Food Packaging Means Less Food Waste

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Have you ever experienced buying something such as a yogurt, a bottle of mustard or any other food where it was hard to push, pour, or smash the product out of its packaging? I have.

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Don't Get Caught in a Food Label Trap

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Research has proven that adding health claims to front labels affects people’s food choices. And, some food label claims are extremely misleading.

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One plus One Equals Two: Buying Food in the Information Era

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As a proud older sister of two brothers, I recently found myself talking with another friend about the joys of being an older sibling. She shared a story about a time she tried teaching her younger brother math. She asked him, “What is one plus one?” He answered, “three.” When she told him the answer was two, he looked at her and stated that he wanted the answer to be three, so it was going to be.

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How Are GMOs Made?

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GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are living things (in this case, plants) whose DNA has been altered. For thousands of years we’ve altered plant DNA through traditional plant breeding to create a plant or crop with the characteristics, or traits, we desire. Since the advent of biotechnology, scientists are able to create GMOs at a faster pace and improve upon those desired traits, or add in new traits.

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What we can learn from farmers in Kenya

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I had the opportunity to move from Australia to live in Kenya for six months in 2015 as part of the Dow AgroSciences partnership with AMPATH, a medical based group with social workers, agribusiness managers, researchers, nutritionists and legal aid striving to help AIDS patients in Kenya have empowered and fulfilled lives. This experience taught me many things.

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What makes milk organic?

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My neighbors and I love to try our hand at growing vegetables but often have wars with the local bunnies eating our delicious veggies. The conversation turned towards what does organic, local and natural mean.

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