• Sonoma County, CA Votes to Ban GMOs

    Some more election news out of California. Sonoma County has voted to make it unlawful to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified crops. As I reported in June, the law does not prohibit people from consuming or selling GMO foods, or using genetic modification for medications.
    Farmers – this one was totally directed at you.
    The vote to ban GMOs was won by about 12% points. Some local races also became embroiled in the controversy and anti-GMO candidates were able to win their seats as a result.
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  • Banana Muffins with Streusel Topping


    3/4 cup of flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 ripe bananas
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons melted butter
    1 egg

    Streusel Topping

    1 tablespoon flour
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 tablespoon slighty soft butter


    Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then mix the 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.
    Smash the bananas on a plate with a fork. Then in a bowl mix the 2 smashed bananas, 1/2 cup ...

  • Mini Pigs in a Blanket


    1 (12 oz.) package of Hillshire Farms Beef Little Smokies Cocktail Links (or any brand cocktail sausage or mini hot dog)
    1 (8 oz.) package of refrigerated crescent rolls


    First you need to open 1 (8 oz.) package of crescent rolls and separate a square of two rolls. then smooth out the triangular perforations.
    Now cut the square into 8 strips. Repeat this process with all of the dough from the crescent roll tube.
    Once you have all of the strips cut you can wrap each Hillshire Farms Beef Little Smokies Cocktail Link with the dough.
    There ...

  • Organic Produce at Risk for Foodborne Pathogens, Too

    Does organic food have higher incidences of foodborne pathogens?
    That’s exactly the question that some scientists from the CDC tried to determine. In a recently published study in the Journal of Food Protection, researchers reviewed reported cases of outbreaks of food-related illnesses from 1992 through 2014. Using reports from the CDC’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System, they found there were 18 outbreaks caused by organic food, which were linked to almost 800 illnesses and 250 hospitalizations. More than half of the outbreaks occurred from 2010 through 2014, which researchers attributed to the growing number of people purchasing organic produce.
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  • Grandma Dow’s Homemade Rolls


    (Yeast Mixture)
    1/2 cup warm water
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 tablespoons yeast (or 2 packages)
    (Butter Mixture)
    2 cups of milk
    1/2 cup (heaping) sugar
    1/2 cup softened butter
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 beaten eggs
    8 cups flour


    To start, mix the following ingredients to create the yeast mixture in a bowl: 1/2 cup warm water (temp. the water to 100-110 degrees), 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of yeast (or two packages). Stir it in the bowl until just mixed and then let it sit for 10 minutes. It will foam up quite a bit. ...

  • Major Ag Groups Stand Up to Dannon

    There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing farmers and industry groups stand up against companies profiting from fear-based marketing schemes at the expense of modern agriculture.
    I reported back in May that Dannon, one of the leading sellers of yogurt in the United States, had announced a “pledge” to consumers, promising to implement into its yogurt production sustainable agriculture, naturality, and transparency. Dannon’s plan included animal welfare issues, asking farmers to turn away from GMOs for sustainability reasons, and encouraging consumers to make healthy choices.
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  • Potato Soup


    5 potatoes chopped into bite sized pieces
    6 pieces of bacon
    1/2 of an onion
    1/2 cup of butter
    1/2 cup of flour
    6 cups of milk
    1 1/2 cups of fully cooked ham chopped into small pieces
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    Chives (garnish)


    Start by pealing and chopping your potatoes into bite sized pieces. Next place the chopped potatoes in a pot and fill the pot with just enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring the potatoes to a boil and boil them for 5 minutes. After the potatoes ...

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