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Ethics or revenge—what would happen if you were Food Czar?

Texas Farm Bureau: What would happen if farmers could choose who they feed?

By Mike Barnett
What would happen if farmers could choose who they feed? Would our society look at farmers differently?

Those questions were posed the other day on Facebook by Chris Chinn. An interesting challenge…and this young lady who raises hogs with her family in Missouri received some interesting responses.

So be honest. What’s the first thing that popped in your mind?

My first thought—like many who responded to Chris’s question—was the people I wouldn’t feed. You know, like the food crazies who 1) want to dictate what you eat; 2) find fault with every aspect of modern agriculture; 3) who want to legislate livestock agriculture out of business; 4) all of the above; 5) all of the above and more.

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Five reasons you will pay more for food

Americans enjoy the most affordable and abundant food supply in the world.

By Mike Barnett

Americans enjoy the most affordable and abundant food supply in the world.  The price of food is cheap…for now. But that’s subject to change.

Here are five reasons why:

• The price of oil will go up. Remember last time that happened? The price of food shot up, too and is just now starting to come down. But don’t blame the cost of commodities. There’s only pennies worth of corn in a box of corn flakes. Transportation, packaging and processing costs rise with the cost of fuel. Next time the price of oil skyrockets, look for increases in the price of food. Solar, wind, nuclear and biofuels must continue to make advances to lessen this dependency on oil.

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Mom would have loved industrial agriculture

Texas Farm Bureau: Industrial Agriculture

“Industrial” and “sustainable” are words thrown around freely when discussing agriculture in the ongoing food debate.

Here’s what those words mean to me.

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