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Grilling beef in the Land of Oz

Grilling beef in the Land of Oz

By Gary Joiner

Television viewers were once again taken to the Land of Oz.

But this time the yellow brick road led to a place where misinformation spewed about U.S. beef production. Behind the curtain was Dr. Mehmet Oz, a surgeon and host of the syndicated program, the Dr. Oz Show.

The episode explored grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef. It suggested that grass-fed beef is healthier because of the way the animals are raised. Conventional production practices were largely criticized throughout the show.

No surprise here. The great Oz often denounces how conventional food is raised.

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Farm Broadcasters: Their airwaves can be ‘town hall’ on food issues

Farm Broadcasters: Their airwaves can be ‘town hall’ on food issues

By Gene Hall

My evening with the elite of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) at their Harvest Dinner a few days ago was eye opening.

Reporting life and work on America’s farms and ranches, we can bridge the gulf between farmers and their customers. Some of those customers are now four generations removed from the “farm years” in all our family trees:

  • It’s the lady being interviewed on a Texas major market television station about biotechnology. “These products have not been tested.”
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Hamburger is safe with extra attention for food safety

Hamburger is safe with extra attention for food safety

By Gene Hall

Based on some of the questions I received and the comments made on my blog earlier in the week—Rachael Ray’s assumptions on burgers are trendy and wrongit’s evident that I need to clarify.

Ray, a popular TV food star, said hamburger that is organic or grass-fed could be cooked less and, therefore, served safely “pink in the middle.” This is not true. So much of this debate is pure political correctness, but I’m talking biology.

At the time of processing, bacteria begin to come in contact with the surface of the meat. Most of it is harmless, but some, like E. coli, could be dangerous.

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Letter from a Concerned Consumer

Letter from a Concerned Consumer

Dear Farmer,

As a loyal customer, I am grateful for you and the other Texas farmers and ranchers who grow the fruits, vegetables, meat and other products that I buy and serve to my family. Each week, I know the shelves at my local grocery store will be stocked with a large variety of products with plenty of price, flavor and nutrition choices.

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And the cow says, “PULEEEZE, force feed me that corn! Right now! More corn please!’

And the cow says, “PULEEEZE, force feed me that corn!  Right now!  More corn please!’

By Gene Hall

Among the folks who really get excited–and negative–about how we feed the world today with modern agriculture, one of the most grossly inaccurate charges that arises has started to surface once again in web discussions. I guess it’s this week’s “activist message of the day.”

This robotic talking point was originally drafted by people who had to know it was a lie, but it’s been repeated so often that those who use it now and passionately believe it do not understand it is not true.

It’s really two talking points that usually travel together:

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