When did food get so complicated?

When did food get so complicated? Buzzwords like local, sustainable and responsibly raised are part of everyday conversations and greet us at the meat counter, the milk cooler, the cereal aisles and farmers markets. But what do they really mean?

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Local Food

Farmers markets aren't the only place to find locally grown...

The GMO Disconnect

You don’t have to buy into GMOs, but you shouldn’t...

Organic and Conventional

Organic and conventional are often looked at as black and white...

Label Lingo

Claims, labels and terms to master before navigating the aisle...

Animal Welfare

An uncompromising commitment to the animals we raise...


Protecting our food – and what that means for our...

Farmers of Illinois

Andrew Roselius

"I grow corn and soybeans in east central Illinois."

Alison McGrew

"I raise cattle with my husband and two children in western Illinois."

Brett and Krista Swanson

"We grow crops with Brett's family and love raising our three daughters on the farm."

Ruth Zeldenrust

"We grow vegetables and flowers in Chicago Heights. Everything is picked by hand."

Genny Six

"We have three children and raise pigs with Ben’s family in central Illinois."

Chris and Angie Eckert

"We run a country store and have orchards full of fruit trees!"

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GMO labeling coming soon to a shelf near you

GMO labeling coming soon to a shelf near you

This summer there will officially be a national GMO labeling law. Here’s...

A Dietitian’s Take On the “Dirty Dozen”

A Dietitian’s Take On the “Dirty Dozen”

As a registered dietitian nutritionist I get the question all the time:...

Paying More for Scare Tactics

Paying More for Scare Tactics

There is an entire section in Hy-Vee dedicated to healthier choices, and...

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We’re Illinois farmers, and we – along with other experts – want to share our perspectives and provide you with accurate information to make informed choices.

You’ll find we don’t all farm alike or have the same answers to every question. What we do have is a commitment to providing safe, healthy food for every table. Yours and ours included.

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