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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What is a GMO? Different definitions create confusion

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Most people have an opinion about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Nonetheless, surveys continue to indicate that the terminology remains confusing for a lot of people. While the biotechnology area goes through an extraordinary phase of rapid technological progress, the understanding of the basics among the broader public is definitely not keeping pace.

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What do GMOs look like?

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What do genetic modified organisms (GMOs) look like? This seems like an easy question to answer, but a GMO product’s appearance is based off many things. One is how you define “GMO”.

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Five foods to increase your antioxidant intake

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The first time I heard the word “antioxidants” was approximately 10 years ago. Two of my best friends gave me what they thought was the best birthday present ever — a book called “The Super Antioxidants".

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An Integrated Approach to Protecting Our Food Supply

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Not all bugs are created equal. Growing up in Indiana on a row crop and hog farm, I never got an extensive look as to why growers had a love/hate relationship with bugs. Then, I moved to Southeast Florida as a crop protection sales representative for Dow AgroSciences. I quickly picked up on the importance of beneficial insects and why growers must control harmful pests.

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5 (EASY) Tips for Tackling Food Waste

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It’s peak produce season. Produce is in pristine condition and our gardens are growing mounds of fruits and veggies. It’s so easy to take advantage of all the ripe and colorful options and overbuy or over-pick, storing fresh food until it’s no longer recognizable.

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I really don’t want to eat cyanocobalamin

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Or do I? There are many people who will tell you that ‘if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.’ But I like to get information from a variety of sources to get to the facts. As I heard more chatter in the media, particularly social media, saying that all these bad things were in my food, I decided to do a little digging.

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Modern Day Victory Gardens

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Today, many of us strive to stretch our dollars to buy fruits and vegetables from the grocery store. One way to incorporate fresh food into our diets is to utilize at-home gardens.

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How Seed Improvements Built the Breadth of Your Produce Options

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Seed improvement techniques (selective breeding, interspecies crosses, mutagenesis and genetically modified organisms) have helped society flourish for centuries. It all started 10,000 years ago when people started domesticating plants in Mesopotamia.

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Fair Fare: Feast on the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of a Local Fair

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The sound of applause as a winner is named in the horse arena. Seeing a toddler jump for joy while enjoying an ice cream cone from the dairy bar. Taking a big bite of an elephant ear (which of course doesn’t come from an elephant) and licking the sugar off your fingers. There’s nothing quite like a day at a county or state fair to tickle your senses and connect you with your community.

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Make your garden more eco-friendly

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Mother Nature forgets to send rain from time to time. To help keep your garden growing, simple conservation practices make a difference. Here are three my family uses that truly make a difference in our gardening success.

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