Day 29. Only one more to go.


How is it the end of November already?  I mean, we’re like, 26 days away from Christmas.

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I’m in the spirit.

Anyway, on this, Day 29, we’re taking another look at biotechnology. This time, from www.biofortified.org.

When I decided to focus this year’s 30-day series on excellent agricultural websites and blogs, I put a call out to my friends asking for their favorite websites.

Biofortified.org was one of those suggestions.

Biology Fortified, Inc. (BFI) is an independent educational tax-exempt non-profit organization incorporated in Wisconsin with the mission of enhancing public discussion of biotechnology and other issues in food and agriculture through science-based resources and outreach.

They enlist a panel of experts in biotechnology to help communicate with consumers and dispel myths related to the science.

In addition to their experts, the website is home to lots of great information, including an interesting experiment which is testing wild animals’ preference of GMO or non-GMO foods and a blog.

Be sure to check it out, especially if you have questions about GMOs and what they mean for your family.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

We’re in the homestretch, people. It feels good.

To kick off the homestretch, we’re talking more food safety. Because you can never be too careful when you’re cooking for yourself or your family.

Today, it’s www.FightBac.org, brought to you by the Partnership for Food Safety Education:

The Partnership for Food Safety Education delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness.

We work with an active network of 13,000 health and food safety educators – we call them BAC Fighters!- and support them by making their work more visible, collaborative, and effective.

These BAC Fighters are connecting each year with an estimated 7.5 million consumers –helping them to protect their health through safe food handling and hand hygiene. See “Who is educating consumers about reducing risk of foodborne illness.” Thanks to the support of our 25 Partner Organizations and Federal Liaisons, we’re able to help millions of consumers keep top-of-mind the preventive practices that destroy or hinder the growth and spread of dangerous foodborne pathogens that can cause serious illness and even death.

Similar to the other food safety websites, this one is chuck full of excellent information, including food safety basics, food poisoning, food safety education, information for kids, and free resources.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

Happy Black Friday, everyone! While some of you may be out shopping today (or home already, if you’re one of the dedicated early risers), I’m home, shopping online.

Because I don’t need to land a good deal that badly.

If you’re like me, camped out at home, wearing a comfy pair of sweatpants with the laptop open on your lap, add this website to your must visit list: www.TheMeatWeEat.com.

A project of the American Meat Science Association, http://www.TheMeatWeEat.com was created to provide accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumer make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.


TheMeatWeEat.com provides simplified site navigation, a variety of resources and enhanced search capability, making it quick and easy for the visitor to find the answers they are seeking,” said Deidrea Mabry, director of Scientific Communication and Technical Programs, American Meat Science Association. “People have lots of questions about how their meat is produced and the best ways to prepare it. Our site gives people access to hundreds of meat scientists with a wide variety of expertise as well as the opportunity to ask those scientists questions about topics that are important to them.”

According to my best friend, Rachel, Deidrea is “pretty much Wonder Woman,” and after checking out the website, I have to agree.

There’s so much to take in, including videos and podcasts, webinars, fact sheets, Meat MythCrushers (a video series focused on busting common myths surrounding meat and poultry product and processing), meat cooking and storage tips and frequently asked questions.

“Today more than ever, whether a consumer’s meat purchase is driven off of preference, convenience, or cost, consumers have the luxury of choice when they go to the meat counter,” Mabry said. “Along with this luxury comes a lot of information and labeling claims regarding the different cuts of meat. We believe TheMeatWeEat.com will be an avenue where consumers can educate themselves to feel confident in their choices when feeding their families.”

“What the American Meat Science Association members do, and will continue to do through TheMeatWeEat.com is to provide proven, verified information to consumer so they can make decisions about leading a healthy lifestyle that includes advice for eating a healthy and well-balanced diet that includes meat and processed meats, maintain a healthy weight, and include physical activity,” Mabry added.

Yes, ma’am. I don’t think any of us as consumers can ask for more than that.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

Happy Thanksgiving, all! I hope you’re all happily stuffed full of delicious food and have saved enough Tupperware to Bogart the leftovers.

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Name that movie! It’s one of my favorites!


And, maybe you’re decorating your tree today? My little family will be.

Today, I’m thankful for all of these excellent resources we’ve covered so far:

Oh, and I’m thankful for my family, too. I mean, obviously. How could I not be? :)

Hannah and Daddy

Day 25 – Eat Right.

On this day, the day before Thanksgiving, I’m reminding you to eat right.

Debbie Downer, I know. Sorry.

Okay, I guess you can eat right Friday. And when you’re looking for tips on how to do that, be sure to check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, www.EatRight.org.

There’s lots of great information on food, health (with articles like, “How to enjoy the holiday without the weight gain”) and fitness to keep you honest.

And all of that stuff is good stuff. I mean, who doesn’t need some help staying healthy?

But the really good stuff is the food safety stuff. And since we’re coming up on a holiday where you may or may not be preparing lots of food for lots of people, this is excellent information to have in your back pocket.

Great tips on reducing the chances of food poisoning, downloads on home food safety and excellent videos. Be sure to review before the entire family swings in for dinner tomorrow.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

I’ve covered a lot of interesting and useful websites over the last 23 days. Some have covered food safety, some have covered how food is grown and harvested, some have focused on famers having meaningful conversations with consumers.

None have really focused on how to pick those food items — or at least understanding what’s in the foods you’re picking.

Luckily for you (and me), the FDA has an answer for that. I’ve already included the FDA in this 30-day series, but why not go for it again? There’s so much information on their website, I could probably make that website alone a 30-day series.

Today, I’m sending you over to the ingredients, packaging and labeling section of the website.

Here’s what you can find:

Plus additional information on label claims, front-of-packaging labeling initiative, nutrition facts label programs and materials, and nutrition labeling information for restaurants and retail establishments.

See, I told you. Lots of stuff.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

If you’ve been here once, you’re probably well aware that I have a fondness for dairy cattle — Jerseys, in particular.

And because I love those milkers, I also love The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.

Carrie is a dairy farmer in southern Wisconsin, who milks 100 cows with her husband and his parents.

And she knows how to get down to business when it comes to having meaningful and honest conversations with consumers about the dairy industry. In fact, Dairy Carrie is downright blunt sometimes, and that’s what makes her blog a breath of fresh air.

In addition to her blog, Carrie also does some public speaking and manages a pretty interesting Facebook page.

Carrie tackles everything from how and why farmers vaccinate cows to animal abuse videos, and she does it in her own special way — with humor, insight and a love for agriculture.

Be sure to check out her blog and Facebook page for lots of funny stuff and lots of good information!

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:


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