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Jul 24 2015

What is Fair Week?

If you follow any farmer bloggers, I would venture you’ve been reading a lot about fairs – 4-H fairs, FFA fairs, county fairs and state fairs. Fairs are the quintessential summer activity giving us funnel cakes, lemonade shake-ups, corn dogs, and fried . . . anything. Carnivals, pedals pulls, pageants. Ribbons, trophies, rodoes – some intentional, others not so much.

For fair families, fair week is one of the more chaotic times of the year. Project details are finalized at the. Very. Last. Minute. No joke. One year I pulled an all-nighter finishing a crossstich. My dad was adamant. You paid the entry fee, the project goes.

Dinners are relegated to a bowl of cereal, slice of cold pizza or 11 p.m. spaghettio’s (a friend posted that dinner pic with the caption, “It must be fair week.”). And as well-intentioned as most fair moms are – slicing fruit and veggies late at night, packing a cooler with water, homemade sandwiches and Grandma’s cookies – by day three, corn dogs and nachos fill a hungry kid just fine.

A fair family hopes to make it through day one without an epic meltdown. Meltdowns are standard on day four and completely excusable, but on day one . . . you’ll be getting sympathetic looks from the other fair moms.

Fair week, however, takes on a different meaning when your family is not only a fair family but a fair board family.

A friend who sits on our volunteer fair board of directors lamented early last week, “If only people got ‘fair week’.”

Because along with regular life stuff, fair board members are spending countless hours – literally, we can’t keep track –preparing for the onslaught of people, animals, questions, concerns, tractors, cars, pork chop dinners and wayward storms.

My Farmer and I are both fair board members along with an eclectic group of former 4-H members, community folks, 4-H leaders and guys who made the mistake of attending a board meeting. Now they are official fair officials.

Our fair week started yesterday. Holly Spangler wrote an Ode to Fair Board Members.  She includes this: “Oh, the fair board member. Answerer of endless calls and balancer of ever-slimmer budgets. Answerer of questions relating to everything from electricity to fair queens. They are the people who figure out how to keep decrepit buildings standing, to get another year out of the beef barn, to run another water line. They are the ones who debate adding a beer tent or closing the fair, because the money just isn’t there. They organize exhibits, move tractors and maintain grounds, and even more, make peace between the horse people and the cattle people.”

And that pretty much sums up fair week. Yesterday my farm princess was answering the landline, “Lee County Fair. My mom can help you in a minute”, as I was on my cell calming the nerves of a new 4-Her who was pretty sure she forgot to enter her dozen eggs in the poultry department.

Today, we are packing the car with materials for Kids’ Korners, Kiddie Carnival, Ag Olympics and the Corn Boil. My farm boy asked, “When do my projects get to go?”

Illinois 4-H Fairgrounds Lee County

My great grandfather was a founding member of the board who established the Lee Co. 4-H Center. The white fence that flanks our front gate bears my grandfather’s name. It is a memorial to him and other dedicated fair believers. My dad spent my 4-H years on the fair board.

And now it is my turn. Fairs, like farms, are generational. And our commitment to them is just as strong.

Thank you fellow fair board members – fair family members. We may not like each other by week’s end, but we’re in this together and for that I am grateful!

(The Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show is July 23-26 at the Lee Co. Fairgrounds near Amboy.  It is the perfect throwback county fair! For more information find us at leecounty4hcenter.com or on facebook!)


Originally posted on Rural Route 2: The Life & Times of an Illinois Farm Girl.

Katie Pratt
Dixon, IL

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

Apr 05 2015

Responsible Use of Antibiotics

Mar 06 2015

Why Antibiotic-Free McDonalds is Different from Antibiotic-Free Chipotle

The opening line of the news story caught my attention. “McDonald’s is going the way of Chipotle and Panera with their announcement of sourcing only antibiotic-free poultry,” said the newscaster.

My heart sank. Every time a food company adds a label to their hamburger, burrito or soup, farmers are left explaining what the label really means versus what the company wants you to think it means. It’s Marketing 101 and that will never change. But after reading a bit more about McDonalds’ move to antibiotic-free chicken, I discovered this bit of marketing is being served with a healthy dose of reality.

In their own press release, McDonalds recognizes chickens have a right to be healthy and free of illness. Antibiotics are a part of that healthcare plan.

“While McDonald’s will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, the farmers who supply chicken for its menu will continue to responsibly use ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used for humans that helps keep chickens healthy.” 

And thankfully, news sources from the NY Times to Fox News have included this fact in their reporting. 

According to the National Chicken Council, “The vast majority of these antibiotics are never used in humans. McDonald’s, veterinarians and animal scientists recognize their importance to minimize the use of those antibiotics that are important in human medicine.” Read their full statement here.

You see there are two classes of antibiotics, but we never hear about that when these food companies make big sweeping statements about a new label. Antibiotic-free isn’t necessarily true. Limited antibiotics may be the better term, referring to that fact that farmers aren’t going to stand by and watch an animal suffer if an antibiotic can make them better.

Livestock farmers already pay close attention to the medicines they use in animals, working closely with veterinarians to determine treatment options when needed. As Katie, an Iowa turkey farmer wrote, “. . .before turning to antibiotics, farmers work hard to prevent disease in other ways. We use vaccines to keep turkeys healthy. We limit exposure to germs by limiting visitors and changing clothes and showering between barns. We give them quality nutrition and clean water, and we also minimize stress on the birds by keeping them in a climate controlled barn.” (Read her full post titled, Does Antibiotic Use On Farms Affect Your Health?) Ineffective antibiotics are no good to anyone. Farmers must steward the technology and science as much as humans need to pay attention to their own medicine cabinets.

By adding the antibiotic-free label, McDonalds is joining ranks with Chik-fil-A, Culvers’, Panera and Chipotle. But unlike the latter two restaurants, McDonalds isn’t demonizing the farmers responsible for raising their food. Instead through their Our Food. Your Questions campaign, people can see exactly how chicken nuggets are made, or meet the farmer who grows potatoes destined to be McDonalds’ french fries.

Chipotle, however, relies on a scarecrow and the ill-conceived Hulu mini-series “Farmed & Dangerous” to push their food with integrity agenda. Have you visited their website lately? I barely made it through a few clicks. Information via animation is not how I prefer my facts. I’ll take them from the people who make their living raising food, harvesting it, processing it and serving it.

Don’t misunderstand my message. McDonalds is a big company that wouldn’t have made such an announcement if a dollar wasn’t to be gained. However, their willingness to deliver the information without an idealistic picture of a backyard chicken coop is greatly appreciated by this farmer. At times, we can find truth in marketing.

For more information on antibiotic use in livestock and antibiotic resistance, please visit these farm gals who raise livestock and are involved in the poultry community.

Katie Pratt
Dixon, Illinois

Originally posted on Katie's blog, Rural Route 2.

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

Jan 08 2015

The Most Important Person on the Farm is not the Farmer

“I knew we could make it.” My father-in-law motioned to his wife and two sons. We were sitting around the table at the annual year-end meeting with our ag lender, running the numbers from 2014 and discussing the future of the farm.

My father-in-law then pointed to my sister-in-law and me. “They’re the ones who will determine how successful we’ll be.”

It was the second time in a week that he had said in no uncertain terms the future of the Pratt farm depended on his daughters-in-law.

Why so much attention? Family business consultant, Jolene Brown writes: “A daughter-in-law often marries into a generations-old family business with literally hundreds of unwritten rules and an unexpressed code of conduct. Her issues range from trying to understand her husband’s interactions within the family and business to finding a role for herself. Maybe she’s given up her job and home to live in a more rural setting and now faces expectations, uncertainties, loneliness, and a wish that she could just fit in.” (Full article here.)

Even with a farming background, joining another farm family isn't easy. Just as the daughter-in-law struggles to find her place, so to are the other family members. Will she be a sign-on-the-dotted-line business partner? Will she be the silent support at home? Will she love the farm as does the family, or one day up and leave?

So with daughters-in-law on my mind, I watched pieces of the premiere of ABC’s The Bachelor and wondered about the future daughter-in-law for this farm family.

The Bachelor is Chris Soules. He is a fourth generation farmer raising 6,000 acres of corn and soybeans with his family near Arlington, Iowa. He was one of the finalists on the last season of The Bachelorette, until he admitted he had no intention of leaving the farm. So the bachelorette left him.

This time around I hope Soules is upfront with his plans. However, he is quoted in a People Magazine article, “My goal in being The Bachelor was to find someone I first could just fall in love with and think and hope and believe she is my soul mate . . . compromise is the next thing to focus on.”

As a farmer’s daughter-in-law, I can say the time to compromise comes shortly after the falling in love part and not after the final rose is given. When a woman marries a farmer, she also commits to the farm and the attached family.

The Farmer’s Wife

As I chose him 

I chose this land, 

This Life 

and always knew that as his wife 

midst labors never done, 

by love we three were wed; 

we and the land are one.

My father-in-law gave this to my sister-in-law and me on our respective wedding days. With each anniversary as My Farmer’s wife, I understand the message more and do hope that amid all the tears, dream dates and fantasy suites, The Bachelor (and his farm family) finds a woman who can do the same.

Katie Pratt
Dixon, Illinois

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). Read more from Katie on her blog, Rural Route 2.


Dec 13 2014

10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014 - Part 3

Along with Christmas trees, holy nights and candy canes, top 10 lists are making the rounds. Even though last year was supposed to be Barbara Walters’ last 10 Most Fascinating People, she’s got a new list coming in a week. So, I thought I’d put together another list as well. Here are my thoughts on the 10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014. Keep in mind fascinating means interesting and or charming. Who would you add?

3) Mr. Petitt, my agriculture teacher

Mr. Petitt represents the old-school high school ag teacher and FFA advisor, spending every hour in his class with his students teaching lessons not found in books. He was my teacher and one reason why I can’t stop talking about agriculture today. Although farms and food are in the spotlight, agriculture education is disappearing from our schools, not necessarily because of lack of funding or interest but because we can’t find the teachers. #TeachAg is the national campaign designed to showcase the value of a career teaching students the facts of farms and food in order to refute the fiction. Ag teachers are a dedicated bunch. I was lucky enough to learn from one of the greats. Thank you, Mr. Petitt.

2) Farmers who share their stories

Sharing the why and what of farming isn’t too difficult. Farmers & ranchers are doing so in droves, adding blogs, Instagram feeds and twitter handles to the social media universe. They share about tractors, seeds, cows and pigs. They talk about soil, business partners, pesticides, growing seasons and investments. In general, farmers and ranchers have peeled back the veil and opened the gates to every inquisitive mind.

But farmers are more than their fields and livestock. They have lives peppered with challenges that link them to their “city cousins” more than anyone may know. This year, several ag bloggers shared deeply personal stories about themselves and their families. They opened their hearts and reminded us all that in spite of our labels we share so much. Here are a few that caught my attention.

  • Kelly at Country Nights, City Lights tackled bi-polar depression in the wake of Robin William’s death. In Your Darkest Hour touches on her own struggles and shares resources for those who need them.
  • Debbie at Of Kids, Cows & Grass put a rural face to organ donation when her son needed a liver transplant.
  • Nicole at Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom deciphers the medical speak regarding dyslexia and ADHD. She has shared an amazing amount of resources and hope for other families asking the same questions.
  • Katie at The Pinke Post, has shared often her personal parenting story and did so again this fall as it related to a ballot measure in North Dakota. It takes courage to put the most challenging of days out for public consumption and then deal with the backlash.

1) My Dad

Whether baling hay, feeding pigs, working calves or crawling across a field in a tractor, time spent with Dad was golden. He worked hard from sun up past sun down to give our family the life we enjoyed. He served the school and community on a number of boards. He split time as a fair volunteer and 4-H parent. One 4-H show day, a passing steer struck with its hind leg, its hoof connecting with my thigh. I remember thinking don’t cry; don’t let the boys see you cry. But it hurt, and Dad suddenly appeared to help hide my tears. He is the man who cultivated my deep love for agriculture, showed me how to do right without saying a word, and taught me that a person is only as good as his/her work. He continues to pass the farming legacy to my brother and the six grand-kids who call him Papa. My dad is a farmer, and farmers are fascinating.

Katie Pratt
Dixon, Illinois

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

This blog originally appeared in Katie's blog, Rural Route 2.

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Dec 12 2014

10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014 - Part 2

Along with Christmas trees, holy nights and candy canes, top 10 lists are making the rounds. Even though last year was supposed to be Barbara Walters’ last 10 Most Fascinating People, she’s got a new list coming in a week. So, I thought I’d put together another list as well. Here are my thoughts on the 10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014. Keep in mind fascinating means interesting and or charming. Who would you add?

6) The Food Babe

Another shudder. I have to hand it to Vani Hari (a.k.a. The Food Babe). She chewed on a yoga mat (why???) and never looked back. She re-fus-es to engage in dialogue with individuals who take issue with her brand of pseudo-science. Instead, she plays the victim when mainstream media decides that the personality they created is taking things too far. It would be so easy for agriculture to dismiss the outrageous claims leveled by The Food Babe. But we’ve done that before and now we’re playing catch up. I’d like to believe the woman who is Vani Hari is well intentioned, curious about food and interested in learning. Unfortunately, her alter-ego isn’t much for any of those things except for, well, ego.

5) Norman Borlaug

In March, the agriculture community celebrated Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday by revisiting the “Green Revolution” and exploring the future of farming, world hunger and food security. Mr. Borlaug’s work is well-known, well-criticized and well-celebrated. But his mission cannot be refuted: “I personally cannot live comfortably in the midst of abject hunger and poverty and human misery, if I have the possibilities of–even in a modest way, with the help of my many scientific colleagues–of doing something about improving the lives of these many young children.” – Norman Borlaug

4) California Farmers and Ranchers

In 2012, the Midwest experienced a drought. We prayed heartily watching the clouds with fierce intensity, daring Mother Nature to storm on our parched fields. And finally, it rained. That was one growing season.

Farmers and ranchers from Texas to California have been dealing with drought for much longer. This year I couldn’t look away as California farmers fallowed land, ranchers sold their herds and everyone watched as rivers, lakes and streams just disappeared. On top of losing generations worth of work, farmers and ranchers were again defending their livelihood as the conspiracy theorists leveled claims that this drought was the government’s doing or Big Ag’s creation. The Faces of the California Drought shares the heartbreaking stories of farmers, ranchers, students, families and communities. Orchards uprooted, food lines wrapped around the block, no grass found in a playground, and yet in each story there is strength; belief that relief will come one drop at a time.

Katie Pratt
Dixon, Illinois

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

This blog originally appeared in Katie's blog, Rural Route 2.

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Dec 11 2014

10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014 - Part 1

Along with Christmas trees, holy nights and candy canes, top 10 lists are making the rounds. Even though last year was supposed to be Barbara Walters’ last 10 Most Fascinating People, she’s got a new list coming in a week. So, I thought I’d put together another list as well. Here are my thoughts on the 10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014. Keep in mind fascinating means interesting and or charming. Who would you add?

10) Buck Marshall

Chipotle barely let 2014 begin before launching the first missile of the food wars in the form of Farmed & Dangerous, “a Chipotle original comedy series that explores the outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture.” The character line-up included Buck Marshall, the head of a fictional agriculture organization representing industrial farming, factory farmers and Big Ag. Oy! Laden with labels Farmed & Dangerous, according to Chipotle, supported their effort to find “food with integrity.” Integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Chipotle’s burritos are being served with a side of something and integrity is not it.

9) Derek Klingenberg, farmer

This Kansas farmer has spent hours perfecting his parody talents churning out hits like Do You Want To Drive My Tractor? Ranching Awesome and What Does The Farmer Say?" My personal favorite, We Are Farming showcases the amazing diversity of farmers from around the world. However, his simple serenade to bring in his cows fascinated the world and got people talking about farmers and what they do. My dad calls his cows with a low tonal, “come bawwwsssss.” And they come, but only for him. It’s something farmers do.

8) Robb Fraley, Monsanto

My Farmer and I met Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto, two winters ago in Hawaii. During that brief conversation, I sensed I’d met a man who didn’t have time for the drama plaguing discussions about agriculture. 2014 found the World Food Prize Laureate stepping forward to challenge that drama. I find it refreshing that an agribusiness leader is joining the ranks of farmers and ranchers who have been focused on telling agriculture’s story.  The farm story is a book with many chapters. Farmers have one, but agribusiness has more and that voice needs to be heard.

Most recently, Mr. Fraley joined panelists at Intelligence Squared to debate GMOs. It is worth the watch.

7) Dr. Oz

When creating a list about farms and food certain names might illicit a shudder, but the conversations created in their wake are fascinating. In the Kingdom of Dr. Oz, truth comes with several caveats. Weekly he calls out the horrors of another food group, preaches the next weight loss miracle and misrepresents the American agriculture community. There is no charm here, but an amazing amount of interest that a doctor can blatantly lie on television and not be held accountable. Congress tried, but what resulted was a slight hiccup in the Dr.’s march to dominate food based conversations. Note: He has yet to invite a farmer to the table.

Katie Pratt
Dixon, Illinois

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)

This blog originally appeared in Katie's blog, Rural Route 2.

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Oct 30 2014

Why Farmers Plant GMOs? Same Question, Different Answer

This won’t be the usual blog post listing all the reasons why genetically modified seed is an important tool to us on our farm. I promise. But it doesn’t hurt to refresh.

Using genetically modified seed has helped us reduce our application of herbicides by half. Fewer applied pesticides means less traffic in the fields, less fuel use and less soil erosion. That’s our experience on our farm. Every farm and farmer is different with different experiences and different reasons for using one tool over another. Genetically modified seed is just one of those tools a farmer can choose to use.

But I digress, because this isn’t going to be that post.

Recently I was asked, “Why do farmers keep planting GMOs if consumers don’t want them?”  A valid question to be sure. Certainly along with soil type, climate, geography, weather, market access and local infrastructure, market demand has something to do with what a farmer plants and why.

In the case of GMOs, there has yet to be a definite swing in demand on the farm side for non-genetically modified grain over a genetically modified hybrid.

The market for non-GMO commodity crops, in spite of what seems like a loud demand coming from the masses, is actually quite small in terms of number of bushels contracted, and is somewhat saturated with farmers already filling the available contracts.

In fact, according to Phil Thornton, Value Enhanced Project Director for the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and Illinois Corn Growers Association, the majority of the non-gm corn grown in the United States is exported. Japan alone imports three million metric tons (120 million bushels) of non-gm corn which is only a fraction of the 15 million metric tons imported annually.

Thornton said that the U.S. market for non-gmo corn, in particular, is small and that many 2015 contracts have already been filled. It is a difficult market for a farmer to break into, especially if looking to gain a premium. Many specialty grains will garner a premium over general market price. The assumption is that because it seems like everyone is debating GMO versus non-gmo, a high premium exists. But, Thornton said, these days with corn prices at $3.00 per bushel, premiums might be as low as $.10 or even a nickel. In other years, when corn prices have been good, premiums have risen to $1.00.

The reality is a farmer’s choice to plant non-gm seed or gm-seed has very little to do with the premium or the market, and everything to do with what is right for his/her farm. Thornton pointed out that much of the non-gmo corn on the market today is not sold for a premium or even marketed with the non-gmo label. For the bulk of the market, both domestic and global, corn is corn is corn.

There will always be specific contracts for non-gm corn, and there will always be farmers growing a crop to fill that market demand. But for us and the decisions we make on our farm, until that demand outweighs the cost of not using a genetically modified seed, we will continue to seek out strong hybrids first and beneficial genetically modified traits second. 


Katie Pratt
Dixon, Illinois

Katie and her husband, Andy, are seventh generation farmers. Together they raise two adorable farm kids and grow corn, soybeans and seed corn in Illinois. Katie's family still raises pigs, cattle, goats and horses only a few minutes away. Katie was named one of the 2013 Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). Read more from Katie on her blog, Rural Route 2.


Sep 05 2014

Images of Harvest - The First Color of Fall

I just snapped this Wednesday.  The first color of fall.  Harvest is on its way.


Jul 22 2014

American Farmers Just Love Their GMOs and You Should Too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its latest data on farmers planting of crops genetically enhanced to tolerate herbicides (HT) crops and to resist insect pests (Bt).

HT soybeans went from 17 percent of U.S. soybean acreage to 94 percent in 2014. Plantings of HT cotton expanded from about 10 percent of U.S. acreage in 1997 to 91 percent in 2014. The adoption of HT corn reached 89 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 2014.

Plantings of Bt corn grew from about 8 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 1997 to 80 percent in 2014. Plantings of Bt cotton also expanded rapidly, from 15 percent of U.S. cotton acreage in 1997 to 84 percent in 2014.

See the chart below for the trends.

Why are modern biotech crops so popular with farmers?

Earlier this year, U.S. News reported the views of Illinois farmer Katie Pratt:

According to Pratt, her family uses GMO crops because of the clear value they bring to their family business. They have greatly reduced the amount of insecticide that needs to be sprayed, and they only need to treat the weeds at one point, not several times over a growing season. Her soil has now improved, because she and her family don't have to tromp through the fields as often. The family also uses less fuel, because they spend less time in the tractor. “No one is more aware than the farmer of the impact we have on the environment, in addition to the urgency to feed and fuel a growing population, while reducing our footprint on the planet,” she maintains.

And remember folks, biotech crops are not only good for the environment, eating them as caused not so much as a cough, sniffle, sneeze or bellyache. For example, a statement issued by the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest scientific organization in the United States, on October 20, 2012 point blank asserted that “contrary to popular misconceptions, GM [genetically modified] crops are the most extensively tested crops ever added to our food supply. There are occasional claims that feeding GM foods to animals causes aberrations ranging from digestive disorders, to sterility, tumors and premature death. Although such claims are often sensationalized and receive a great deal of media attention, none have stood up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.” The AAAS Board concluded, “Indeed, the science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.

Originally posted on Reason.com.