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The Friday Five: Rare Edition

The Friday Five: Rare Edition

GMO bill, steaks, science, social media and more: here are five links to catch you up on the week in food and agriculture.

National GMO labeling standards bill resurfaces: Pompeo and Butterfield have introduced another GMO labeling bill this week (similar to one they introduced last spring) but that would create a single federal labeling standard for foods containing GMOs, through a USDA-accredited non-GMO certification process. The non-GMO label would be similar to the Certified Organic label, in that farms or companies could seek the designation and label food as such; consumers who want to avoid GMOs could seek out those products while those who are not concerned will still be able to buy groceries without excessively higher price points.

WHO cancer group suggests glyphosate is 'probable carcinogen': In news that surely made heads explode at Monsanto, the WHO came has listed glyphosate with a group of chemicals deemed carcinogenic to humans. Various US and EU glyphosate task forces disagree. Monsanto has asked for an immediate and vigorous review by the WHO.  Read on and stay tuned. This is the Certified Angus Beef blog, and it dishes up a wealth of beef recipes, advice, cuts, tips and more. And because I'm confident grilling season will be here soon (please), I thought a little beef info might be timely this week.

When did science become a dirty word? This is an op ed that appeared on CNBC, written by the executive director for the Council for Biotechnology Information. Which is to say that yes, it is a story on CNBC but it was penned not by a journalist but by the head of a pro-biotechnology organization. That disclaimer out of the way, it raises some really great points: why is science a dirty word? Why do the loudest voices on social media condemn it? Why do people have crazy ideas about GMOs? I have a blog post coming next week about my experience answering moms' questions at Hearts at Homes, and the highlight was when one mom commented that we "spray GMOs on everything and kill off all the bees." And she was serious. What? Why? How has this become a thing?

Agriculture is being baited on social media: My Indiana colleague, Jennifer Campbell, penned this piece this week, and she makes some excellent points. If you're on social media, it's worth a read.

And a sixth, because I just really liked it, even if it's not 100% agricultural!

What Would My Mom Do? Not so much about agriculture but I'd argue that we do a better job of raising our kids like this, if for no other reason than BARN CHORES. And a wide open outdoors. And in our case, a house on a dead-end road. Certainly, I read this and felt better about summer already.

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