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A conversation about food

By Julie Vrazel Let’s talk food, Texas. We’re overwhelmed with buzzwords, marketing ploys and labels, not to mention the vast array of choices. How do we know the truth and what’s really best for us? Organic, conventional, local, natural, GMO-free—we read the labels, but what do they really mean? As consumers, your decisions—and mine—shape our [...]

Transformation Tuesday: Steer to steaks

By Julie Vrazel Raising cattle is the largest part of Texas agriculture. It takes time, dedication, sweat and prayers to raise beef from our gate to your plate. And Texas ranchers take pride in raising healthy, safe beef for consumers like you. But what exactly do those steers and heifers bring to your table? Tasty, [...]

Food labels, buzzwords confuse shoppers

By Julie Vrazel Walk down any grocery store aisle and you’re sure to see a plethora of health food buzzwords. Organic, hormone-free and natural—just to name a few. These eye-catching phrases are designed to entice us to grab items off the shelf without feeling guilty. But do shoppers even know what these labels mean? Oftentimes, [...]

A film for farmers and foodies

By Jessica Domel Knowing that I often blog about food and food-related issues here, a friend of mine asked me a few months ago to sit down with her and my dad and watch a documentary on the food industry and American farmers and ranchers. My dad got about halfway through the film before walking [...]

Busting beef nutrition myths

By Julie Vrazel Eating preferences—we all have them. Some choose to be vegetarians, while others pursue the vegan route. Then, there are folks—myself included—who are omnivores. Growing up on my family’s cow-calf operation in Central Texas, there was only one way to eat—a balanced meal that included meat and vegetables. But I was an open-minded [...]