Grazing the Net
Greg Henderson and Friends
Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining.
Elephants and GMOs
Nov 08, 2013
After a partisan week in which GMO-labeling was defeated in Washington state, Democrats were defeated in New Jersey and Republicans defeated in Virginia, we think it is time for some fun on Friday. We'll start with the new issue of TIME magazine, which hits the stand today featuring a silhouette of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on its cover and this caption: "The Elephant in the Room." Whoa, is that a reference to the Governor’s weight? No, says TIME, a tribute to Christie’s "outsized influence." Right.
The defeat of GMO labeling initiative also provided fodder for comedienne Stephen Colbert, who says, "It’s none of our business what we’re putting in our mouths." And, "Questioning what’s on our plates is un-American."
Why We Lost the "War" on Fat
We would agree that a medical student and personal trainer from Iceland is not the ultimate authority on nutrition. However, Kris Gunnars, the founder of the web site AuthorityNutrition.com, provides ample evidence that, as he writes, "The ‘war’ on saturated fat is the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition." His recent article, "6 Graphs That Show Why The "War" on Fat Was a Huge Mistake," is sourced from some highly-respected periodicals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The British Journal of Nutrition. Don’t miss chart 5, "The Obesity Epidemic Started as People Reduced Their Intake of Red Meat and High-Fat Dairy products."
Basketball and Bacon?
PETA definitely would not approve of this promotion by Kansas State University’s women’s basketball team, but we sure do. Be one of the first 1,000 fans to enter the basketball arena at Kansas State tonight for the women’s home opener and you’ll receive six free slices of bacon. Mmmm, bacon.
Mysterious Elk Deaths
A New Mexico hunter stumbled upon the remains of more than 100 dead elk back in August, and the event had scientists puzzled. Officials with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish investigated the mysterious elk deaths and ruled out poachers, anthrax, lightning strikes, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, botulism, poisonous plants, malicious poisoning and even some sort of industrial or agricultural accident. The killer was pond scum, specifically, a neurotoxin produced by one type of blue-green algae that can develop in warm, standing water. In this case, the elk are thought to have drank out of a livestock tank. The blue-green algae can be just as toxic to cattle.