Category: Food

Dear Chipotle: Let’s Not Be At Odds, Farm Families Aren’t Evil

Attacks by Chipotle Mexican Grill on our country’s food system have hit the heart of American farming and ranching families, something their marketing team fails to recognize. One of these farming families includes Bob and Mary Mertz, 4th generation farmers from Riley County, Kansas who raise Simmental cattle, soybeans, corn, and sheep for 4-H and FFA […]

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Is McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Bad Business for Beef?

Today, I stopped in McDonald’s at 11 a.m. for a Sausage, Egg and Cheese McMuffin. I’m a fan of the new All Day Breakfast, which began on Tuesday, October 6 across the country. Social media rejoiced, McDonald’s proclaims a great move by listening and responding to its customers and franchisees are calling it a logistics […]

3 Lessons Learned From My First 3 Half Marathons

Late last year, I set a goal to run a Half Marathon. After completing a few 5k and 10k races, I was hungry for more. So, this Spring, I accomplished that goal by running the Yellowstone Half Marathon. I wasn’t competitive for any medals, but I did accomplish my goal of finishing. Following that race, […]

Chipotle’s Marketing Mishap Not About Food Choices

New in the conversation this week, listen to my conversation about Chipotle in a link toward the end of this post and find a few suggestions of how you can impact this Chipotle conversation in your local area. If you’ve been following along with the Chipotle story these past few weeks, it certainly hasn’t been […]

Chipotle Called Out Over Misstep In Non-GMO Announcement

In the last week of April, Chipotle Mexican Grill, with more than 1,800 locations, announced their ingredient lists will no longer contain Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMO). Note, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Since 2011, the restaurant chain has emphasized their “Food With Integrity campaigns and began identifying which foods contained GMOs in 2013. Chipotle […]

A Timeline of Food With Integrity from Chipotle Mexican Grill

“But sourcing beef from cattle raised with antibiotics or added growth hormones? No, thanks. And if ever the very best Responsibly Raised(R) beef isn’t available, we’ll let you know. Who could have a beef with that?” Your everyday American beef cattle producer. That’s who! That’s how the full page advertisement at the back of this […]

Woman Downs Three 72oz Texas Steaks in an Hour

As a kid, my family’s Spring Break vacations included driving to Amarillo and seeing our cattle in the feedlot. We would end up with close to 12,000 head of cattle there throughout the course of the year, so it was more than just a drive in the pasture to check on the herd. The trip […]

Winter Running, Audio Books, Better Eating

We’ve been really lucky in Montana as far as winter weather goes. Or unlucky, depending on your perspective. February has been on track to be the warmest ever for Helena, 13 degrees above average. This’ll be only the 3rd day this month we’ve remained below freezing and we’ve had several days near or above 60. […]

USDA Approves Simplot Innate Potato, GMO Opponents Vocal on McDonald’s Apparent Rejection

Earlier this month, USDA approved nonregulated status for the commercial planting of a genetically modified potato, known as Innate. The approval was granted to Simplot Company, a well-known potato grower based in Idaho. You can read Simplot’s petition to USDA for approval of the Innate potato on the APHIS website. Also available are the Determination of […]

8 days in France – A new cultural, food, wine and travel experience

Last week, I had a great opportunity to make my first trip overseas and (with the exception of occasional wi-fi) unplug from the world of communication and social media. I took an entire week of vacation (completely new concept to me) for a trip to France to attend the 2014 Alltech Global Beef and Dairy […]

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