Thursday, October 22, 2009

CSI did NOT do the research...

Apparently, CSI thinks they are experts in agriculture now. I usually do love watching the show, but they are simply just one more misinformed avenue trying to break down the industry. Please look at this post by Mark Lambert on Corn Commentary and spread on the word on this misinformation.

Mutant CSI Script Rolls Out the Misinformation
By Mark Posted: October 21, 2009
Since when did CSI Miami become a science fiction offering? The only crime on last night’s episode titled “Bad Seed” was a poor script and even worse research. The last time I saw this much misinformation in one place it was a political convention.

Apparently the creative well of ideas on novel ways to send people to the great beyond must have dried up in season 8. With more versions of CSI than there are television networks, I guess this was bound to happen.

The convoluted plot line did no less than trying to link together E-coli, water pollution from a cattle feedlot, botulism and genetic engineering in corn into a single plot line that came off looking like a spoof of a bad ‘70’s cop show.

If you watched this episode as a blank slate you would walk away thinking farms today are big/corporate, cold and uncaring (hey, we don’t mind killing a few of you if it is for the greater good), technology is bad, and there is no oversight what so ever over food quality or how it is produced.

Rather than rehash all the implausible points in last night’s story line let’s just say there are four big reasons why this CSI train wreck would never happen: 1. The Food and Drug Administration 2. The Environmental Protection Agency 3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture 4. Family farmers who are the best in the world at what they do.

A couple of words of advice in closing: If you want to do a story on corn, try any place but Florida. They grow a whopping 160,000 acres of field corn all of which is fed to cattle, not people. Think CSI Des Moines!

1 comment:

Crystal Young said...

Great post Kelsey. I had heard about the episode and that is was pretty bad. I love the video that you linked to. Sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun telling the story of corn growers!

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