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January 2010 Archive for AgDay Inbox

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Soda tax...good or bad??

Jan 28, 2010
Comment #1:

A soda tax is not fair. Why another tax? We don't need any new tax revenue for government to squander.
Soda is not the only reason for obesity.
Thank you.
(native of New York)
San Diego

Comment #2:

I do not approve of a tax on soft drinks. I also disagree with the assumption that it will reduce obesity. Most obesity is caused by ingesting more calories than one expends. Soft drinks are only a small portion of that simple equation. There is serious doubt that the tax will be used to educate people on how to reduce obesity. Why not tax pickles? On hundred percent of people that eat pickles die so that would help reduce the death rate?! The logic is non existent. This appears to be a politically or socially acceptable spin to get approval for increased taxes to meet our growing deficient with no resolution of eliminating the deficient.

Pam Whiston

Comment #3:

I am a producer and I like the direct payments, but we are subsidizing the foods that are most fattening.
I believe the soda tax would be a good start toward the obesity problem.

Comment #4:

I don't feel that taxing soda pop is going to cure the obesity problems that are plaguing our society. If state governments need to generate more income maybe they should consider taxing luxury items such as jewelery, boats, campers etc., things that are not a necessity.

Ken from central Iowa

HSUS Concerns

Jan 21, 2010
I think HSUS should stop masquarading as a 'Humane Society', defender of abused and abandoned puppies and kitties and show their true colors as an anti agriculture group. Unsuspecting people are sucked into their heart rending advertising and then less than 3% of the money is used, the rest goes to professional fund raisers. HSUS does not support any animal shelters as do our local humane societies, instead they focus on ending animal agriculture in the US. I'm happy to see there are questions being raised about their tax exempt status when so much of their money is spent on lobbying efforts.

Julie French ~Meriden, IA

Viewer comments...

Jan 04, 2010

Comment #1
Your story on peanut allergies that just aired a few minutes ago on KSNW, Wichita, was interesting.

I'm 61 now. When I was about 10, I was tested for allergies because of a severe (off the scale used at the time) reaction to Southern Ragweed in particular and almost all other fall pollens in general.

While they were at it, they also tested me for foods, including peanuts, corn, tomato, eggs, milk, etc. Their experience at the time was that raw products were much more allergenic than cooked ones because cooking denatures most proteins (the prime allergens known then).

And indeed this was born out in me then and still to this day. I am highly allergic to raw peanut and tomato, but ate and still eat tons of parched peanuts and BBQ with nary a problem ever.

The only one it didn't hold for was onion: I could not and still can't eat any onion product (even powder) unless I want to visit an ER (assuming I make it there), and any trace of onion fumes affects me for 2-3 days -- just not so far as anaphylaxis, fortunately.

This raw versus cooked phenomenon was the most common type of food allergy back then. Interesting that it's flip-flopped for today's kids raised in near-sterile environments -- at least by 1950s' small Southern town housekeeping standards.

Phil Parker

I did notice though that none of the Producers or media reporters want to consider this possible future problem....

Comment #2
Over the past five years China has produced an average corn crop of 115,586 TMT. This makes China the second largest producer of corn in the world. China is also the second largest consumer of corn in the world, averaging a yearly consumption of 112,014 TMT. China on average has imported 944 TMT, and exported 4,560 TMT of corn. This makes China the world's fourth largest exporter of corn. China's ending stocks average for corn is 92,407 TMT, leaving China with the highest world ending stocks.

Thanks. Lance Peterson.Owner,

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