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Friday, November 20, 2015

What You Need to Know About "Frankenfish" aka: GMO Salmon

A GMO salmon compared to an Atlantic salmon in size.
A GMO salmon from AquaBounty in the background,
alongside a non-GMO Atlantic salmon.
Image courtesy
In a historic move by the FDA, the first-ever genetically engineered animal was approved safe for human consumption this week: the GMO salmon, which some people have unlovingly deemed "Frankenfish." #notnice. I've actually blogged about this before, and my feelings about GMO salmon, which are officially called AquAdvantage salmon, are the same. However, before we all get up in hackles about this scientific breakthrough that has been 20 years in the making, let's take a minute to review some common, proven knowledge about GMOs or genetically engineered foods.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Love Story That Breaks Veggie Hearts

Food: A Love Story
Absolutely hilarious
I try to read a lot.  Sometimes I am successful and other times, I will let days slip by me without ever cracking a binding. So, while enduring a long layover in an airport recently (I honestly can't remember where I was) I spied Food: A Love Story on the shelf, which has been on my "to read" list for quite some time.

I'm not going to give a lengthy review here - I honestly laughed OUT LOUD about every other page of this book. Most of the time spent reading this book was on a plane, so just imagine me busting a gut next to some random stranger trying to sleep. Whoops! It was so outlandishly funny that I could pick it up and read it again, right now. Instead of a review, here are my favorite jokes, which mostly happen to bash vegetables.Read more »

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

7 Things Leaders Can Learn From the Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals -World Series Champs - Kansas City Star
World Series Champions - 2015 Royals
Photo courtesy: Kansas City Star
I am one of those sports fan who had, until this year, never had a team, college or professional, win a league-wide championship. I have enjoyed several seasons of KSU Big12 conference success (GO CATS!) and a few brief shining moments of Kansas City Chiefs football success. However, for 27 of the 29 years of my life, I had been a Royals fan waiting for something magical to happen. Lightning to strike. God to intervene.

Well, Kansas City Royals fans all over this nation are rejoicing at a World Series Championship 30 years in the making. On Sunday night, the Royals won Game 5 of the World Series and became the 111th World Series Champions in the 12th inning over the New York Mets. We have been crowned. A fandom rejuvenated. A dream come true.Read more »

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