By special guest blogger Steve Cornett, Beef Today editor emeritus
President Obama seems to have made just about everybody mad by saying he would postpone his much-anticipated unilateral immigration reform policy. Supporters are impatient and the opposition is still worried about how it will be structured. A sampling of analysis and coverage:
Obama Causing Immigration Frustration
Obama's Blame Game
Obama Punts on Immigration
Delayed Reform Brings Storm of Criticism
Obama Puts Off Immigration
A Maggot-Fed Chicken in Every Pot?
"Wired" has an unending supply of stuff to think about. In this case, an update on using fly larvae as poultry feed. It's not a new idea, of course. Just one that has been hard to get commercialized. If ever it happens, those barnyards will be worth their weight in maggots.
The Competition's Handicap
We're not enthused about opening the borders to beef from just everywhere, but this piece reminds us of how much systemic pollution cripples much of our export competitors. Bunches of good cow country only goes so far in a bad system.
They're Worried About Us in Europe.
European cattle producers have cause to worry about U.S. competition in the event of a successful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement, according to France's CEPII research center. They cite both the efficiencies and—pay attention to this one, free trade foes—the EU's more stringent food safety net.
In Other News...
Don't Forget Your Free Money
You've got about a month to line up at the government disaster assistance trough.
El Niño Odds Update
Darned if NOAA isn't cutting the El Niño odds again.
A Challenge for HSUS and PETA
No great surprise, but those polls showing so much opposition to animal research may be misleading.
Less Export Volume, More Money
USMEF reports that high prices have reduced export tonnage, but increased the dollar value.
Here are a couple of items that might make you wonder how much we're willing to give up for a world of utopian food safety.
Unsafe Fair Food, Shocker!
Delicious Cheese Or a Bacteria-Laden Menace?
For Your Bucket List
How about a tattoo festival for you or your kids?
Big Bucks for Big Bucks
Folks in high-fence country won't be surprised by this less-than-glowing report on big-dollar big game farms in South Africa. In fact, given current cow replacement costs, maybe nobody else in the U.S. business will be shocked at the seven figure prices.
Girls Like Eating Bugs, Too.
Or, so argues this Grist contributor.