Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 7/7/2017
“Serious questions only.” Me to the waiter at Olive Garden asking if I want cheese
The Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Plant in Sanborn, Iowa is getting bigger. They make cheese. “It was time,” says Bruce Brockshus, a dairy farmer who also sits on the dairy cooperative’s board of directors. The plant dates back to 1937 when it opened as the O’Brien County Cooperative Creamery, it has made several changes over the years. This most recent expansion is expected to be done by mid-2018. the plant should be done and will contain new modernized technology. The increased capacity of the plant will also help the 128 dairy farmers who supply the plant with milk grow their farms and business.
“Let’s reset the conversation on GMOs, and the importance of science on how we feed our children and shape policy.” Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Food Evolution is a documentary that highlights a controversial topic – GMOs. Filmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy wanted to answer tough questions about GMOs and include people from both sides of the argument. One example they touch on is bananas in Uganda and eastern Africa. Bananas, a staple crop, have been hit by a bacterial disease called Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW). There are banana plants that have been engineered with a pepper gene that show strong resistance to banana wilt, and could help save crop productivity. Learn more about the film here.
“Chocolate fudge sundae with whipped cream and a cherry on top, please.” President George Washington
Turns out ice cream is the most American dessert ever. Not only has ice cream stood the test of time, it has thrived. The average American puts down 45 pints per year, which comes out to about $10 billion. (So maybe it’s not the avocado toast that’s hindering me from putting a down payment on a house?) It’s said that President Washington got his first taste of the sweet treat from Norborne Berkeley, 4th Baron Botetourt, and royal governor of Virginia between 1768 and 1770. The President and his first lady liked it so much that they bought their own equipment to make it and serve soirees in New York City and Philadelphia. Ice cream party, anyone?
Picture of the week.
Another week, another state, another baby nugget. Photo from Illinois dairy enthusiast Sarah Lenkaitis’s farm.