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The Friday Five: Food and Dogs Edition

The Friday Five: Food and Dogs Edition

Girl Scouts, McDonalds, hearts, chemicals, apologies and more: here are five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

Girl Scout Cookies Baked with Science Literacy: Woohoo! The Girl Scouts are back on board with science! Eat your cookies without non-GMO guilt, knowing the Girl Scouts not only didn't cave to non-GMO pressure but even came out with a statement in support of GMOs: “It is important to note that there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from genetically modified crops…. "In addition, in the future, GMOs may offer a way to help feed an ever-increasing world population.

McDonalds is Finally Phasing Out Antibiotics in Chicken. Thank Chipotle. McDonalds announced this week that over the next two years it will phase out "all antibiotics that are important to human medicine" in the chicken it serves. This is an important distinction between what McDonalds is doing and what Chipotle does. Read Katie Pratt's well-thought-out piece on the differences here: Why Antibiotic-free McDonalds is Different from Antibiotic-free Chipotle.

A kid at heart: My colleague, Mike Wilson, brought this story to his Farm Futures blog this week. Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings – and make you hug your dog. And hopefully make you sign up to be an organ donor.

'Allergic to all known chemicals?' A great Forbes opinion piece that looks at our obsession with "chemophobia," and what it means for food production. Plus, a look at whether glyphosate is actually less toxic than some natural organic pesticides, like rotenone and copper sulfate.

Sorry Confusion: This is not specifically about agriculture, but I've hardly read anything so true. Seth Godin hits America's apology problem square on the head with this one. And sadly, it's not just companies and celebrities with the problem – it's trickled down to the rest of us. Godin writes, "In this case, "I'm sorry," is precisely the opposite of, "I'm sorry you feel that way," which of course pushes the other person away, often forever." That is truth, right there.

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