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Friday 05/31/13

If Only Biotech Crops Were Trendy Like Raw Milk
My Twitter feed has been filled with two distinct themes this week involving two divergent, yet linked topics: Monsanto and raw milk.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:22PM CDT 05/31/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
If you're intellectually blind and jousting with windmills, everything natural is good and everything man-made is evil. Especially evil if it can be tagged "corporate". Isn't diarrhea natural? LOVED reading this Chris - thanks!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:59AM CDT 06/01/13
Just a note, the two deaths you site from raw milk were not from raw milk. The CDC had to admit from a Freedom of Information request that the deaths weren't from raw milk. I might add, 3000 people die each year from food, none are from raw milk.
Posted by ron shepard at 6:35AM CDT 06/02/13
We are all going to die from something. I am sure it will be somebody elses fault. If only I would live longer, I could sue somebody for dying. Even better, I could sue the medical profession for not dying and living longer.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:24PM CDT 06/03/13
Here's the thing. The current model of Biotech CAN'T be "trendy. IT's too old-fashioned. Other than switch from using a "gene gun" to "insert" the traits to using a Bacteriophage to more or less "infect" the target cell with it, little has changed in about forty years. That's "Cigarette Science." It spends little time or money on innovation and keeps pushing the old stuff like it was the newest thing. Meanwhile, the state of the art is now able to observe cellular expression on a quantum scale and is working on artificial life, fine-tuning existing DNA/RNA expression and actually rewriting the code within the living cell, again, all on a quantum level. If Biotech wants to be "trendy", then it needs to move back to the Lab and whip something up that's state of the art, the way Science in america used to, and become the Leaders and Innovators once again.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 5:20PM CDT 06/10/13

Thursday 05/30/13

USDA Touts Record Trade, But Outlook Lowered
USDA reported Thursday that agricultural exports remain on pace for a record value at $139.5 billion for 2013, even though the outlook was lowered by $2.5 billion from the February estimate.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:16PM CDT 05/30/13 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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