Dan Murphy

Commentary: Fast-food folly

What’s the solution to the obesity crisis? A new study suggests that tougher regulations on the fast-food industry is the ticket. But that’s a classic case of putting the cart before the horse. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feed vs. food

Anti-industry types argue that we can’t ‘waste’ farmland growing feed crops for livestock. Yet a closer look at sustainability actually turns that mantra inside out: We can’t afford not to. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Going to the dogs

Instead of the usual Olympic controversies about fraudulent figure skating scores and doped-up athletes, these Games have reporters asking a ‘canine question’ that just won’t go away. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Drone, drone on the range

Along with military deployments, police surveillance and someday delivering Amazon packages, unmanned drones now have a new mission: Tracking and busting would-be cattle rustlers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Researching the obvious

While obesity remains a persistent — and problematic — public health concern, some of the research surrounding the issue is about as enlightening as noting that the sun rises in the East. FULL STORY »

Commentary: The little cabbage that could

GMOs are an easy target when biotech produces crops that resist herbicides. But what if genetic engineering aids human health and protects the world’s fisheries? What if, indeed. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Deadly dry and holding

The forecast of continuing drought across California and the Southwest may well become (no pun intended) a watershed event for all of U.S. agriculture — and for consumers. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Activists against activism

It’s fine for anti-industry activists to use whatever extreme tactics they want — because they ‘care about the animals.’ But if someone who’s concerned about people tries it, they get slammed. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Feasting on food myths

Debunking nutritional mythologies has become a cottage industry in recent years, mainly because the same people doing the debunking are the ones who created the bunk in the first place! FULL STORY »

Commentary: Pig on a poster

PETA puts up a billboard right on top of a popular Chicago meatery, and the local media acts like aliens just landed in Daley Plaza. But the TV reporters missed the real message. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Euro-myopia

Recent economic data from the European Commission not only sounds like it’s 30 years old, but it fails to address the real issue: Will Europe remain a meat-producing region or not? FULL STORY »

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