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Why Is The USDA Getting Involved In A 15th Method Of Food Labeling?
(This post originally appeared on Forbes, 5/28/15 ) A couple of weeks ago I was deeply disappointed to read that the  USDA might get involved  in an aspect of “non-GMO food labeling.”  The marketing of non-GMO food is an opportunistic, fear-based phenomenon...
(This post originally appeared on Forbes, 5/28/15) A couple of weeks ago I was deeply disappointed to read that the USDA might get involved in an aspect of “non-GMO food labeling.”  The marketing of non-GMO food is an opportu...
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Does Science Belong On Your Dinner Plate?
(Originally published on Forbes 5/5/15 )  I was recently asked to give a talk in Toronto addressing this question: “Does  science  belong on my plate?” The quick answer is: “No, because  Science  isn’t a “thing” you can serve or eat.  Science is really a ve...
(Originally published on Forbes 5/5/15)  I was recently asked to give a talk in Toronto addressing this question: “Does science belong on my plate?” The quick answer is: “No, because Science isn’t a “thing” you can serve...
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Davey,
Ladybugs are great, but often you can just get the adults and they tend to "fly away home" as the nursery rhyme says.  The larvae are the most voracious aphid eaters.  Dilute dish soap or the insecticidal soap available at garden stores will do a great job on aphids but only if you can hit them directly with the spray
There are many pests in the world which attack plants or compete with them for the resources they need to grow.  This is true for plants growing in natural stands, but also for the plants that people grow as crops.  If pests ...
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Why Organic Can't Fulfill Our Food Supply Ideals
Almost any farmer or consumer could agree on the following ideals for
our agricultural system: "Farming in ways that are best for us, best for the environment,
and best for providing an adequate food supply." I believe that these are the goals and ideals of...
Almost any farmer or consumer could agree on the following ideals for our agricultural system: "Farming in ways that are best for us, best for the environment, and best for providing an adequate food supply." I believe ...
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John,
Kudos to you and all at DPR for creating that pesticide use resource!  I use it all the time to document just how much pesticides have changed  over time and how different they are from what most people imagine.The only detail I wish it had was whether each application was to an organic or conventional field. 
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Hate Speech For Profit: Organic Marketing Gone Bad
There is a new video about farming which is so nasty and misleading that I believe it qualifies as "hate speech" for financial gain.   Only Organic , a consortium of organic marketers, hired a professional ad agency to produce a YouTube video staging a fake...
There is a new video about farming which is so nasty and misleading that I believe it qualifies as "hate speech" for financial gain.  Only Organic, a consortium of organic marketers, hired a professional ad agency to produce ...
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Science Is A Verb
Canola was one of the first biotech crops launched in 1996 It has now been more than 20 years since the first
genetically engineered crops (“GMOs”) were commercialized.   Yet controversy persists.   Farmers – both in the developed and
developing world -have...
Canola was one of the first biotech crops launched in 1996 It has now been more than 20 years since the first genetically engineered crops (“GMOs”) were commercialized.  Yet controversy persists.  Farmers – both in the dev...
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Pests In Paradise
Our adventure started here after an 8-mile hike to Snowmass Lake near Aspen, Colorado (originally posted on Forbes, 5/11/15 )  I learned something very important about crop pests in a most unexpected setting – a paradise-like wilderness area in the Colorado...
Our adventure started here after an 8-mile hike to Snowmass Lake near Aspen, Colorado (originally posted on Forbes, 5/11/15)  I learned something very important about crop pests in a most unexpected setting – a paradise-l...
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My Comments To The USDA On Agricultural Coexistence
Today I submitted a comment on the official USDA regulatory forum on the question of coexistence in agriculture.  Here is a  link for background  from a workshop on this topic held in North Carolina this March.  Here is a link of you want to comment  (>4500...
Today I submitted a comment on the official USDA regulatory forum on the question of coexistence in agriculture.  Here is a link for background from a workshop on this topic held in North Carolina this March.  Here is a link ...
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Chi Mel,
I think if you will read the post you will see that I was careful not to condemn organic farmers or consumers but to highlight our shared goals.  When I talk about limitations (which is real) that isn't the same as condemning organic practices within those limitations.   I do disagree with your concept that all synthetic chemicals need to be removed from the diet - the science does not support that idea.  Considering the blatant demonization of conventional by a group like Only Organic, I felt that there was a need to calmly and accurately point out why organic is not some perfect alternative as Only Organic or OCA presents it.  
Almost any farmer or consumer could agree on the following ideals for our agricultural system: "Farming in ways that are best for us, best for the environment, and best for providing an adequate food supply." I believe ...
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Paul Eisenbraun raised a good point - what about the parent companies who depend on non-organic supply chains for the vast majority of what they sell? Are they aware of the demonization of what they do which is supported by their own subsidiaries?  If so, is that a marketing strategy that fits their stated goals in terms of transparency and integrity?  I'm going to collect contact info for the chief sustainability officers of these companies and ask them.  This will take a while as I have three talks this month so lots of time on the road
There is a new video about farming which is so nasty and misleading that I believe it qualifies as "hate speech" for financial gain.  Only Organic, a consortium of organic marketers, hired a professional ad agency to produce ...
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In a bizarre twist, I saw a hilarious attack today on Gary Hirshberg. They call him Doucheberg. https://twitter.com/mem_somerville/status/574310211231608832

Mike Adams (I know, ugh, but the circular firing squad is fun to watch too) has a piece linked with this "report" from Organic Spies. They hate Hirshberg apparently, claim he is some kind of . This is so twisted it's actually funny. Link to NaturalNews via DoNotLink: http://www.donotlink.com/dzub
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The Marketing Of Non-Existence
In the past, people chose foods because they were available,
tasted good, or were “good” for them - meaning they contained specific
nutrients or vitamins known to be beneficial for good health. Orange juice
supplies vitamin C, milk has calcium and meats and...
In the past, people chose foods because they were available, tasted good, or were “good” for them - meaning they contained specific nutrients or vitamins known to be beneficial for good health. Orange juice supplies vitamin C...
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Farm Aint A Thing, Farm Is A Verb
Apologies to John Mayer for the allusion to a lyric from his great song, "Love Is A verb."  Like "love," "farm" can certainly be used as a noun, but in both cases, their essence is best captured in the verb - in the activity.  I bring this up as a continuat...
Apologies to John Mayer for the allusion to a lyric from his great song, "Love Is A verb."  Like "love," "farm" can certainly be used as a verb, but in both cases, their essence is best captured in the verb - in the activity...
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Denver - Grand Junction, Colorado. Newark Delaware
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An agricultural scientist, consultant, speaker and blogger
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I've been involved in agricultural technology for more than 30 years.  I was originally trained as a plant pathologist but my career has taken me into many other disciplines and touched on many different crops and geographies.  I'm married, have three grown kids and one grand daughter.  I like to garden, and play guitar.

I'm passionate about meeting the challenge of feeding 9-10 billion people without destroying the environments.  I believe that technology is a big part of how we will do that and I am deeply concerned about the increasingly anti-science environment in which we live today. I've been blogging now for more than 5 years and increasingly doing public speaking on this topic.  My speaker website is www.drstevesavage.com 
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Helped start the Colorado Grape Grower's Association
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