Saturday, January 31, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Found, black and white female dog-Stockdale area. call to identify. 2102165738

VideoLost: Chocolate Lab, 3-year-old female, "Lala", wearing black string harness, since Jan. 21, Green and Wright Streets in Poth. Daniel and Happi miss you! Call Rebecca at 830-391-6292.
If you are missing a pet in Floresville, be sure to check the Floresville holding facility. Animals are only kept for 3 days. Contact Las Lomas K-9 Rescue, 830-581-8041.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Now hiring Class A CDL drivers, dispatchers and mechanic. Drivers must have tankers and Hazmat. Roll off, end dump, and vacuum experience preferred but not required. Will train. Mechanics must have general maintenance experience with Semi trucks and trailers. For more information call 830-569-8144 or 903-754-4157. Pick up an application at Henry Howard Services, LLC, 980 Humble Camp Rd., Pleasanton, Texas 78064. 
FLORESVILLE: CRICKET WIRELESS is hiring..visit us at 602 10th St or call 210-300-8672 for detail.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Commentaries


Posted in Food Prices, Healthy Eating, Hot off the Press




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
November 30, 2011 | 2,153 views | 1 comment

By Amanda Hill

Science is an amazing thing. Think about some of the advancements we’ve made in the past 100 years: new medicines have advanced the average lifespan from 49.2 years at the turn of the century to 77.5 years in 2003; cars don’t just take us from point A to point B, but they also tell us how to get there; and through complicated communications networks, we can reach our friends and family in an instant--anytime, anywhere.

Science has progressed nearly every area of our life, including the food we eat. Farmers have used technology to grow more food for more people on essentially the same amount of land. In 1941, one farmer could feed 19 people each year. Now one farmer feeds 155 people.

Farmers are able to grow considerably more, thanks in part to advancements in genetic engineering. Some consumers are concerned with the safety of genetically engineered food, but the modified seeds grow just like any other seed that has been naturally crossbred and grown in fields for years.

Scientists are able to take traits from one plant and introduce that trait to another. For example, one plant may be more resistant to bugs or weeds. By planting these improved seeds, farmers are able to grow food in conditions that otherwise would leave their fields bare. Scientists are even working on crops that are resistant to drought. Imagine what could be grown--even during a historic drought here in Texas.

So what’s next? Scientists are working to improve the health benefits of food through genetic engineering. They are able to identify genes with higher amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C and introduce those traits to fresh produce.
To me, that’s pretty amazing. In a time when just about any product, including soda, is marketed for increased antioxidants and vitamins, I welcome a more healthy option in fresh fruits and vegetables.

In fact, a recent study by Iowa State University researcher Wallace Huffman found that consumers not only want genetically engineered foods with added health benefits, but they are willing to pay up to 25 percent more for them. It makes sense. Organic farmers receive a premium for their products. Why wouldn’t consumers pay more for foods with added nutrients?

Not everyone will agree that genetically engineered foods are right for them, but science has given us options. American consumers are given the choice of a wide variety of products and can purchase what they like.

What do you think? Would you pay a premium for fruits and vegetables with antioxidants and vitamins added through science? From the Texas Farm Bureau
 
« Previous Blog Entry (November 30, 2011)
 


Your Opinions and Comments

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
November 30, 2011 10:23am
 
 
New post.
 

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Commentaries

Commentaries
Commentaries page govtrack.us
Commentaries who represents me?
Wilson's Auto ChooserChester WilsonSacred Heart SchoolDrama KidsAllstate & McBride RealtyEast Central Driving SchoolHeavenly Touch homeVoncille Bielefeld homeBlue Moon Karaoke & DJTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.