Food Science Babe is the pseudonym of an agvocate and writer who focuses specifically on the science behind our food. She has a degree in chemical engineering and has worked in the food industry for more than decade, both in the conventional and in the natural/organic sectors. There are so many myths surrounding the food we eat — what’s in it, how it’s produced, what’s good for us/bad for us — that I present information based on scientific facts and encourage people to ask questions. Food Science Babe can be found on Facebook.
Jon Stika is a retired Natural Resources Conservation Service soil health instructor and current part-time professional at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center. He is also the author of “A Soil Owner’s Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health.”
Krista Stauffer is a wife, mother of three, and first-generation millennial dairy farmer. Krista met her husband in 2009 when he moved to her hometown to start his own dairy farm. They were married the following year. Today, she works side by side with him and their kids on their 140-cow dairy. She shares their everyday farm life on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her blog.
Tim Durham’s family operates Deer Run Farm — a 30-acre truck (vegetable) farm on Long Island, New York. With no shortage of “fake news” about farming, he decided to become an agvocate — countering heated rhetoric with sensible facts. Tim has a degree in plant medicine, the equivalent of a plant M.D. He’s currently an Assistant Professor of Agronomy at Ferrum College in Virginia.
Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe, was once a big-city girl and moved to rural Iowa for love. Once there, she learned that her original thoughts of modern agriculture were very inaccurate (based on mainstream Hollywood media and marketing) and now enjoys debunking myths and spreading facts about REAL farms from REAL farmers. Michelle can be found on Facebook, and Twitter.
U.S. farmers are the most efficient, productive, and environmentally-friendly in the world. The goal of The Farmer’s Daughter USA blog is to promote those farmers and tackle the misinformation swirling around the U.S. food industry. Amanda’s website can be found here, and she’s on Facebook, and Twitter.
GMO crops made through modern biotechnology can benefit the U.S. food supply and the safety of producers and the environment.
For some of the major societal ills, such as land use or carbon emissions, people seem eager to blame farmers and pressure agriculture to change.
It’s important to be able to spot multilevel marketing strategies so that you’re not scammed. Beware both of predatory recruitment and food sales tactics.
U.S. cattlemen will soon again be divided on a controversial issue: whether to reinstate mandatory country of origin labeling for beef products.
There is a lot of impressive science that goes into pig feed to ensure the happiest and most healthy farm-raised pork in the United States.
A TikTok joke claiming the USDA paid farmers to destroy crops got out of hand. The USDA doesn’t destroy crops, it purchases food to give to those in need.
Keep supporting your local fairs and agriculture education attractions/exhibits. These opportunities help solidify trust in the American farmer and rancher.
The major point about chemophobic scares, be they pesticides or potato polyacrylamide: Ignorance is calibrated to hysteria, and it needs facts to fix.
Fear-mongering of conventional food choices — which are often more affordable, abundant, and accessible — may contribute to food insecurity and mental health.
Traditional animal industries such as dairy and beef are unlikely to see much success from the courts over how alternative products are named.