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.
Morning Juice? Starbucks Has It for $12 to $24 Per Gallon
Oct 11, 2013
Americans may be the richest folks in the world, but we're apparently also the most gullible. Starbucks announced it has opened a $70 million, state-of-the-art "juicery" in California to bottle its Evolution Fresh juice, a brand it acquired two years ago. But this is no ordinary juice, it's high-end "super-premium" juice that provides "incredible nutrition." We don't know about the nutrition, but the price is certainly "incredible"—$2.99 to $6.99 for a 15.2 ounce bottle. Yikes!!
What was it P.T. Barnam said about suckers?
Caution: Monsanto Bashing Ahead
You either believe in technology or you don't. We've come to expect content from Grist.org that suggests we should all go back to farming with a team of mules. That's why this article "5 ways Monsanto wants to profit off global warming" totally confuses us. The article begins with an array of buzz words that suggest there's Monsanto bashing to come: "Global warming could mean big business for controversial agriculture giant Monsanto." But as the article proceeds to list the 5 ways Monsanto could profit off climate change, Grist actually makes the case for how Monsanto and other agriculture technology companies are helping to aid the environment and feed a growing population. It's kinda hard to criticize stuff like drought-resistant corn hybrids and data to help farmers cope in a changing climate. Still, we have to give Grist a "fail" on this attempt.
Farm Bill Update on "AgriTalk"
Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) tells "AgriTalk" the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to announce its conferees for farm bill discussions with the Senate today. While she thinks it's possible for the House and Senate to reach consensus on spending reductions for the nutrition title, "We certainly are a longs ways apart right now." Noem says she's "hoping we can meet in the middle."
Trendy, Interesting and Just Plain Wrong
Ready to save the world? Vincent Kitirattragarn is ready to help. He provides a list of 5 things our grandchildren will call dinner so they can "save the world by eating responsibly." Don't know Kitirattragarn? Neither did we, but he's the founder of Dang Coconut Chips (we don't know what those are, either), the first nationally available brand of toasted coconut chips snacks. Here's his list of "food sources that have minimal or even positive impacts on our planet." The list begins with choosing insects over beef—for environmental reasons. 'Nuff said.