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The Independence of a Family Farm


I love wide open spaces, North Carolina places and meeting new faces – so I jumped at that chance to make the trip to Lazy O Farm in Johnston County, NC. Tami and David Thompson were kind enough to invite us for a visit at the same time as Laura Rogers from the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association. Laura stops in ... Read More »

Do Your GMO Homework

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“Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.” George Washington Get ready because this is a hot topic and goodness knows people have opinions. Truth – I hadn’t formed my stance – then I did some research and went looking for solid science. Okay, let’s go ahead and get the disclaimers out of the way. ... Read More »

Food Voice Video: “What is Genetic Engineering?” – Dr. Alan M. Jones

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We hear a lot about “GMOs,” but do we really understand what they are? In this Food Voice Video, Dr. Alan M. Jones, Cell Biologist at UNC Chapel Hill, helps us understand what genetic engineering is and why we have migrated from plant breeding. Read More »

How To Understand Food Labels While Grocery Shopping


When you are grocery shopping for your family, do you ever get confused with what’s on the labels? Are there terms that make you second-guess what you are purchasing? If so, you are not alone. In an article appearing on the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance website FoodDialogues.com, farm mom Chris Chinn shares “There are so many food terms out ... Read More »

Food Voice Video: Why Do You Use GMO Seeds On Your Farm?

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In this Food Voice video, Gary Hendrix of Hendrix Farm explains why his farm chooses to grow GMO crops. Gary is a soybean farmer and was one of our featured farmers earlier this month. If you haven’t seen our first video with Gary check it out by clicking here. Read More »

Learning from Dr. Chilton

Dr. Greg Copenhaver, UNC Director of Graduate Studies, Biology Department

After reading the recent News & Observer article highlighting Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton as the 2013 Tar Heel of the Year, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the life and work of Dr. Chilton and how consumers can continue to learn about how and where science is used for food production. Dr. Chilton is a brilliant and visionary scientist ... Read More »

How do we educate U.S. consumers that we have the safest food supply in the world?

Food Dialogues®: North Carolina, Panel 2: Who is my farmer?

With a projected 9 billion people in the world by 2030, it seems likely biotechnology will be used to help feed this population. So where should the education start on informing the public/non-farmers about the benefits of biotechnology? How do we set aside the “science language” and get back to consumer understanding and belief that the US has the safest ... Read More »

Do GMOs accelerate pesticide resistance?

Dr. Greg Copenhaver, UNC Director of Graduate Studies, Biology Department

Does the “precise” form of genetic modification (as Dr. Greg Copenhaver referred to) accelerate the development of pesticide resistance? Dr. Copenhaver: No, not necessarily. The method itself neither slows nor accelerates pesticide resistance. Instead, the main determinate of how quickly pest populations develop resistance is the way we use pesticides. Traditional pesticide practices can quickly lead to the development of ... Read More »

Can organic farmers feed the total population?

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What about the max capacity an organic farm can produce versus a conventional farm? Can organic foods feed the population in terms of cost and land use collectively? Tommy Porter: There are projections that the global population will increase by 2.3 billion between now and 2050. This explosive growth is fueled by a growing middle class in China and India, ... Read More »

Aren’t there differences in organic foods?

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Dr. Tom Irons, if you believe that there is no difference between organic and conventionally grown foods, then why do you choose to pay the higher price point for the organic food that you and your family love to eat? Dr. Irons: I don’t believe I said that there is no difference between organic and conventionally grown foods. There are ... Read More »