Seeds planted by teachers last a lifetime, whether good or bad. Marketing and bias should not trump science and well-rounded debate in the classroom. Teacher bias deserves the same concern as journalistic bias – a student will never be able to turn off their education the way so many of us have silenced the news. A look at the aftermath of a Chipotle video showed by a 7th grade social studies teacher.Read More
If you’ve never experienced a fair from the inside, it’s like final exams and Christmas all wrapped into an intense one or two weeks filled with more sweat and dirt than you can imagine. It’s both exhausting and exhilarating. I have been involved in fairs my entire life, but am always amazed watching 4-H and FFA members learn life lessons through the trials of diligently preparing a project, talking with a judge and then nervously anticipating the outcome. Sometimes, the ribbon is blue. Other times it’s red. And if they’re lucky, the coveted purple or pink ribbons may be put on a project.
The reality is that ribbons fade and are eventually stashed away in boxes, forgotten about. It’s the stories behind the ribbons that are remembered for a lifetime. A look at the care and respect young people give their animals behind the scenes at the fairgrounds.Read More
As summer’s heat turns up, any drive across the Midwest will feature corn outside the window. Why do farmers grow corn? Justin and Jennifer Dammann sat down at their kitchen table with Michele to talk about how they make choices in growing corn, soybeans, and beef as family farmers.Read More
By popular demand, an inside look at table of contents and 25 food truths from the #1 best seller “Food Truths from Farm to Table.” More than 50 expert contributors bring life to truth in food in this new book, which has been described as approachable and filled with tips to overcome confusion in the grocery store.Read More
Do farmers pour chemicals on our fruit? How do we know apples are safe? In addition to explaining why he uses certain practices in growing apples, Michigan farmer Jeff VanderWerff talks with Michele on camera about the stringent standards and audits of fruit farmers. You can learn more about his apple growing practices in Food Truths from Farm to Table: 25 Ways to Shop & Eat Without Guilt.Read More
Confusion and emotionalism has have made food a battleground. The marketing is getting bigger. The misinformation grows. Activists continue to bully. Celebrities and politicians take opinion-based positions instead of looking at the facts. Food shaming persists. As a result of all of this, food buyers are filled with guilt and, confusion, and/or are overwhelmed.Read More