Stories by Alan Guebert

Twenty years later, the GMO fight goes on

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Consumer concerns over GMOs are not going away.

Heavyweight India defies WTO deal

Thursday, August 21, 2014

800 million people can’t be wrong, right?

Yup, fact is stranger than fiction

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Herman Melville was a pretty good fiction writer, but his 1851 whale of a tale — something about a big fish and a peg-legged man named Ahab — was, in fact, based on the true story of the American whaling ship Essex that, in 1820, was attacked and sunk by a huge whale in the South Pacific.

While Congress is on recess, there is much we can still learn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Congress left a lot undone, before going on summer recess.

High prices: What’s a carnivore to do?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If most Americans followed commodity prices as blindly as they follow the Kardashians, the national dinner menu might well feature bushels of cheaper-by-the-day grains and teaspoons of record-priced pork, beef, poultry and fish.

‘Missouri Farmers Care’ falls short in some major areas

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You’d think that a state constitution eight times longer than the U.S. Constitution might cover every right, act or idea any of its citizens might need, do or ponder.

Silly season, again, in Washington

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Washington Nationals are the real show in our nation’s Capital.

Checkoffs: More and more of the same

Thursday, July 10, 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there now are federal commodity checkoffs for beef, blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, “Honey Packers and Importers,” lamb, mango, mushrooms, paper and paper-based packaging, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, processed raspberries, softwood lumber, sorghum, soybeans and watermelons.

Readers respond to farm and food column

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Columnist reviews his feeback — the compliments and the criticism.

Betting against climate change

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

According to 2013 data compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you and I owe our very existence to water. After all, 92 percent of our blood, 75 percent of our brains and muscles, 60 percent bodies and 22 percent of our bones is plain, simple old water. Even more to the point, while most […]

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About Alan

Alan Guebert was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1980, he served as a writer and editor at Professional Farmers of America, Successful Farming magazine and Farm Journal magazine. His syndicated agricultural column, The Farm and Food File, began in June, 1993, and now appears weekly in more than 70 publications throughout the U.S. and Canada. He and spouse Catherine, a social worker, have two adult children. farmandfoodfile.com