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New 2012 Media Channel Study.
Farm and ranch owners, operators, and managers in the U.S. continue to find a special place for printed information, according to the 2012 Media Channel Study. This survey, conducted by Readex Research for the Agri Council of American Business Media, involved a sample of 1,062 farmers and ranchers.
This research will be presented in August at the Agricultural Media Summit. A public version of the results is available in a free download as a PowerPoint presentation at: www.abmassociation.com/Document.asp?DocID=16
How Philippine print media covered agricultural biotechnology.
Content analysis provided a 10-year view (2000-2009) of media coverage of agricultural biotechnology in the Philippines, the first Asian country to approve the planting of Bt corn. Authors of a recent article in the Journal of Science Communication examined patterns of coverage by three national English-language newspapers. They found during the decade:
You can review this article (Volume 10, September 2011) through open access at: http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/10/03/Jcom1003%282011%29A01/
Redefining the ways farmers manage risks.
Traditional risk management practices involve helping the farmer calculate the probability and consequences of risk. That approach may not provide satisfactory results, according to a report presented at the 2011 Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.
A team of researchers suggested that risk attitude is wrongly seen as a stable personality trait on which optimal behavior should be based. They argued that risk attitude is, instead, context specific and can be manageable. They presented a comprehensive theoretical basic model and used a case example (high-risk-high-value strawberries) to illustrate it.
You can read this research report via AgEconSearch at: http://purl.umn.edu/115749
Student taking the New York Times to task.
A commentary, "Why the New York Times’ essay contest is phony," caught our eye recently on the Drovers Cattle Network. We always are interested in items about how general media cover food and agriculture. In this case, author Lisa Henderson took the Times to task for bias in handling an essay contest about why it is ethical to eat meat. She took special issue with the panel of five "anti-meat" judges. "Does anyone really think this collection of judges could pick a winning essay that says anything positive about the eating of meat?" she asked. "Not likely."
Later, we learned that Lisa is a sophomore at Kansas State University majoring in agricultural economics and agricultural communications. She is the daughter of Greg Henderson, editor and associate publisher of Drovers Cattle Network. In a follow-up commentary he reported that the contest attracted about 3,000 entries and stirred a fuss about every conceivable side of the issue. Almost 17,000 people voted online for their favorite essay among six finalists. The winner proved to be a meat-eating school teacher from North Carolina.
You can read Lisa’s commentary at: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Commentary-why-The-New-York-Times-essay-contest-is-phony-149176065.html
You can read her father’s follow-up commentary at: http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-news/latest/Update-A-meat-eater-wins-The-NY-Times-contest-150677855.html
Wendell Berry – on rebranding the concepts of "education" and "economy."
Essayist, novelist, and poet Wendell Berry used the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities during April to call for a rethinking of human connections with community and the land. The Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is described as the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Berry has long been known for his advocacy for family farming, community relationships, and sustainability.
He prescribed two antidotes for what he sees as an increasingly abstract and distanced relationship of humans to the land and to community.
You can read more about his remarks in a news report by Scott Carlson in the Chronicle of Higher Education at: http://chronicle.com/article/In-Jefferson-Lecture-Wendell/131648/?sid=aty-utm_medium=en
Six barriers to sustainable consumer food choice.
In a recent journal article, Klaus Grunert argued that consumers face barriers even if food is eco-labeled and they are motivated to support sustainability of their food chain. His 2011 report in the International Journal on Food System Dynamics describes six possible barriers:
"Manufacturers, retailers, and public bodies should work together in developing eco-labels that are clearly defined, are placed prominently on food products, and are supported by communication explaining their role and meaning.
You can read this journal article ("Sustainability in the food sector" Volume 2(3), 2011, pages 207-218) at: http://www.fooddynamics.org
Communicator activities approaching
Watching the weather.
We close this issue of ACDC News with a bouncy piece of wisdom from George Freier's book, Weather Proverbs:
"The winds of the daytime wrestle and fight,
Longer and stronger than those of the night."
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