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Pesticides remain a critical tool for sustainable agriculture

Agricultural pesticides are regularly in the news these days. Whether it’s another court ruling against a pesticide company for contributing to a victim’s cancer diagnosis, a contrary scientific safety review that declares that same herbicide is likely not carcinogenic, or … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Intensification for redesigned and sustainable agricultural systems.”

The need for farmers, scientists, regulators, and consumers to balance farming and food production systems with environmental conservation is only growing greater.  In many cases, this discussion gets framed by polarized views, with one side claiming that a return to … Continue reading

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Bob Parsons’ Celebration of Life on April 6, 2018

Sharing this information from my colleague Jane Kolodinski To:       UVM Community From:   Jane Kolodinsky, Professor & Chair Date:    April 3, 2018 Please join us all of us in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, and Grace Matiru (Bob’s … Continue reading

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A tribute to Bob Parsons

The agriculture, academic, and extension world lost a true friend with a sharp, grounded mind and a sense of humor only developed in farm fields, barns, and milk house driveways when Dr. Bob Parsons passed away Friday after a two-plus … Continue reading

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Food fears: more activist science and scientifically illiterate reporting

Much has recently been written about the poor state of scientific literacy in the U.S, and the media’s role in that downward slide.  At the same time, ‘industrial’ or ‘conventional’ agriculture, and the real, live farmers that contribute to it, … Continue reading

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My guiding principles for teaching farming and food systems

I have the best job in the (my) world. I was raised in the 80s and early 90s on a seventh-generation Vermont dairy farm in Orange County, where the cows have two legs shorter on one side than the other … Continue reading

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Food Evolution, criticism, and retrenchment: Missed opportunities for discussion

By Terence Bradshaw, Ph.D. There’s a new documentary film out now, “Food Evolution”, that is reported to be a potential game-changer on the public perception and acceptance of genetically engineered (GE, or oversimplified as GMOs) crops. I haven’t seen the … Continue reading

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Just a quick debunking post: Glyphosate and ‘toxic wheat’

Here we go again. It’s not scary Monsanto Gasmask Man, but it does feature Crop Sprayer Bad Guy. And more of the same misinformation. My explanation is below- this isn’t meant to be a dissertation or groundbreaking, blow-up-the-internet post, just … Continue reading

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Agvocates: It’s your turn to stop the mud slinging

I wrote a blog post recently that criticized the use of graphic, inaccurate imagery in opposing GMOs and pesticides, and explained why doing so is offensive to farmers. Of anything I have written professionally on social media, this has been … Continue reading

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Monsanto Gas Mask Man: Activist imagery and its meaning to farmers

Edit: a few clarifying edits were made after initial publication. Also, a second, related essay was posted to call out hypocrisy and lazy thinking among the modern-agriculture advocates. Recently I had a spat with a colleague over what I thought … Continue reading

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