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.
A Dreamer’s Food Label
Nov 13, 2013
Voters in two states have rejected initiatives that would have placed labels on foods containing GMOs, but the issue is not going away anytime soon. In fact, some activists want more on labels than just recognition of GMOs. Mark Bittman, the well-known New York Times food journalist and columnist, has outlined his version of what food labels should contain, including "traffic light" colors green, yellow and red to help guide consumers. Bittman's "dream" label, however, would go well beyond nutrition and dietary information. He proposes labels that would also assign a score to the food’s impact on the environment, how the people involved in producing and processing the food are treated and how animals are treated. All of which sounds complicated and untenable, just what Bittman-wannabe types would embrace.
A gym is an odd place to find a freezer full of meat, but that's how CrossFit, Inc., a fitness company with members at nearly 7,000 gyms across America, promotes the diet it recommends to go with its workout program. CrossFit is pairing its extreme workouts with what it calls the "sustainable food movement," encouraging members to eat grass-fed, sustainable and locally raised meat. The CrossFit workout is called "punishing," and trainers recommend a protein-rich Paleo diet to restore nutrients. We'll take the diet and a pass on the punishing workout.
Texas' historic drought continues to force a tug-of-war for water resources between agricultural interests and the daily needs of its citizens. Nowhere is that struggle more intense than Austin, a booming city of 800,000 that depends on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water. The two reservoirs that provide water to Austin and surrounding cities, however, only contain about a third of the water they can hold at capacity. Texas officials are rightly worried about how they will cope with the problem if the drought continues next year.
Scenes from an English Farm Show
It's billed as one of England's most important agricultural shows—the Royal Bath & West Show in Somerset—featuring ferret racing and cheese tasting contests. It’s also the place to see some of Britain’s finest and most obscure livestock carted in from across the country. In celebration of the show’s 150th year, here’s a look at some of the most interesting animals and their owners in the competition.