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.
If the EPA has any backbone, it will pull the herbicide off the shelves until someone with certainty can show Monsanto’s shiny new product actually did work. Because right now there are serious doubts, writes Dave Dickey.
When it comes to protecting sensitive farmer crop data, farm equipment and software makers —including DuPont, Monsanto’s The Climate Corporation, Dow AgroSciences LLC, Syngenta, and John Deere — have thus far have certainly talked the talked but haven’t been as successful in walking the walk, writes Dave Dickey.
There has been some devastating avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks in the U.S. in recent years. This includes the first outbreak of bird flu this year at a Tyson-contracted farm in Tennessee in March. Tyson is the largest chicken meat producer in the U.S. As Dave Dickey writes, researchers should be cautious.
Samuel Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host, was recently nominated to the post of USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.
In getting behind Clovis, agricultural trade organizations are taking a short-term view with long-term implications, writes Dave Dickey.
Dave Dickey writes that until our kids know with certainty that a pickle is a cucumber or that french fries come from potatoes, there’s work to do. Without knowledge about agriculture, informed decisions are impossible.