From the fair to food labels: What you read in 2018
2018 was an exciting year for food and farming. Take a look at the top ten most-read articles by you and other Illinoisans this past year.
Illinois farmer Krista Swanson answers a much-debated question: Are seedless grapes GMOs? We’ll spoil the ending, they’re not. But the story is still interesting.
These four farm moms have an insider’s view of how food is grown and raised. They see right through label claims designed to make more money rather than inform.
Illinois farmer Michelle Aavang spent 11 years as a vendor at several farmers’ markets, selling cuts of beef from cattle she raised. She used the label “natural” as a way to differentiate her products, but now she has a different point of view.
As the emphasis on marketing by food brands and stores has increased, the farmer has received less of a share of every dollar spent despite you having to pay more for the same food.
From carnival rides to prize-winning animals, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy at the fair!
When the fair season came to a close, this farmer reflected on what her years showing pigs in 4-H and FFA has taught her and her family.
For the past 23 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit and non-partisan agency, has published an annual “dirty dozen” list of produce that they deem highest in pesticide residue – pitting organic and conventional against one another. But they’re not telling you the whole story.
A nutritious lunch provides a boost of energy to get children through the day. Lunchtime is a time to relax and recharge with a well-balanced, satisfying meal. Get some tips from an Illinois dietitian in this blog post.
By almost all outward appearances, Kristin Srail runs an organic farm. But you won’t find any of her products with a “certified organic” label.