Opinion: Monsanto defending glyphosate at home and abroad creates uncertainty over pesticide

The European Union was supposed to decide this month on whether to renew usage of glyphosate for another decade. 
That decision was postponed till at least December after the European Parliament voted in a non-binding resolution to phase the weed killer out by December 2022.  
France is on record as saying it will not vote in favor of glyphosate, full stop.  The EU now all but concedes a 10-year renewal is dead on arrival and is exploring licensing of five to seven years. In short, the process has become messy and uncertain where certainty is needed. 
Glyphosate is not going away anytime soon, and neither is the heated debate.

Opinion: Tyson Foods and Cargill enter alt-meat fray

I’m reminded by what’s going on over at Tyson Foods and Cargill these days of an ad campaign three decades ago – “Where’s the beef?”.  Consumers may soon be asking that question – along with the even more problematic “Is it beef?” – should the two big ag companies get fledgling efforts to ramp up beef substitutes to a grocery store near you.

Opinion: Faster isn’t necessarily better when it comes to poultry inspection

I love Lucy (having just declared that,  Lucys all over the world probably have that deer-in-a-headlights look, but relax ladies). I’m talking about the TV series that starred Desi Arnez, Vivian Vance, William Frawley and one of the great comedians of the ages,  Lucille Ball. The series ran from 1951 to 1957 and in four of its six years on the air was the most watched series on television.  Lucille knows comedy acting in all time classic moments including : “Vitameatavegamin”, “Stomping Grapes”, and “Too Much Yeast”. But my all-time favorite, without a doubt, is the candy factory. In this episode named ”Job Switching”,  Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory because their husbands, Ricky and Fred, are upset about their ladies’ spending habits.