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Kids’ Reading List: The Super Soybean

From feed to food to fuel and more, soybeans are used for a variety of things that we come into contact with each day.  In addition to its edibility, the super plant is used to make plastics, medicines, inks, fuels, soaps and many other products.

The Super Soybean The Super Soybean, by Raymond Bial, celebrates the humble soybean as a major U.S. export and renewable natural resources.  Find out how big of an impact soybeans have on your family’s daily life through cultivation descriptions and references to the many uses of the plant.

This is more than the average picture book for kids ages 8-11 years.  They will enjoy this book filled with both colorful photos and informational text about soybean growth, harvest and consumption.

Thanks to Holly Spangler for compiling this list, which was featured in the March 2012 issue of Farm Futures magazine.

Check out the past selections in the reading list:

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Worried about antibiotics? See what farm moms say.

DeEtta Bohling of Kansas Grains recently wrote  an interesting post called “Farm Moms for Responsible Antibiotic Use.” In the article, Bohling discusses a recent flyer titled “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness”, which was distributed to parents in southeast Kansas by PEW Charitable Trusts (below). The flyer calls for parents to “help end the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food animal production.”

PEW flyer: Moms for Antibiotic Awareness

A flyer distributed by PEW Charitable Trusts to parents in the Neodesha school district.

Bohling writes:

“I worry about the foods that enter my mouth, especially when I don’t know how they were prepared. One thing I don’t have to fear, however, is antibiotics in my meat.”

Bohling goes on to discuss how farmers like CommonGround Kansas volunteer Teresa Brandenburg “take the judicious use of antibiotics very seriously.” 

The post answers several questions like:

  • Should you be worried about antibiotics in the meat you buy for your family?
  • Why are antibiotics given to livestock?
  • Is human health impacted by eating meat from animals given antibiotics?

If antibiotics in meat are of concern to you, this post is well worth a read. You also can learn more about antibiotics in livestock production at http://findourcommonground.com/food-facts/antibiotics/.  In addition, send your questions our way and we’ll connect you with a local volunteer farm woman who can tell you more.

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