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Alert: Ticks are Working for the Vegans

Mar 07, 2014

While we're not sure which group has recruited them, the lone star tick has apparently teamed up with one or more vegan advocate groups and are working to turn avid meat-eaters into reluctant vegans. One bite from these reddish-brown parasitic arachnids and your meat eating days are over.

In all seriousness, this is a concern for folks in the Southeast. A bite from the lone star tick is causing people to develop a serious allergy to red meat. More specifically, people develop an allergy to a sugar called alpha-gal, which is present in red meat. If you develop this allergy, it can cause rash, swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea and all around nastiness when you eat anything involving red meat. Unfortunately, this sudden allergy brought on by tick bites is becoming more and more commonplace. In fact, in a recent story on USA Today, "Clinics with the Vanderbilt Asthma Sinus and Allergy Program are diagnosing one or more cases a week."

We suggest an all-out war on ticks! Take no chances, kill on sight ... the ticks, that is, not the vegans.

Historic Angus Herd Honored

The Historic Angus Herd Award is presented to Angus breeders that have been in continuous production of registered Angus cattle for 50 or more years. This year, Double Dye Farms of Shelbina, Mo., is being recognized. Their herd was founded in the 1940's and they're still at it today. With five generations under their belt, Double Dye Farms and the Dye family truly have something to be proud of and we hope they continue on for another five-plus generations.

Visit www.ANGUS.org for more information on the Historic Angus Herd Award and to view a list of awarded members since the program began in 1988.

Celeb Salami? Eww!

We wish we were making this up. It's too weird to be true, right? This has to be a hoax. Unfortunately, it seems to be the real-deal, at least in theory. A company called BiteLabs is attempting to create a test-tube meat using tissue from celebrities and mixing it with other meats to produce "artisanal salami." The company claims that their "test-tube meat would eliminate environmental and ethical concerns associated with livestock production." Yes, we couldn’t agree more. After all, cannibalism is much more ethical.

International Women's Day

Tomorrow is International Women's Day. Given , this is a holiday that we've never heard of before but it reminds us that behind every cowboy is an equally hardworking cowgirl (though they can just as often be found out front leading the herd). All of us at Grazing the Net would like to recognize the women of agriculture for everything that they do.

There are some great groups just for women in ag, like:

If you happen upon any lady farmers this weekend, tip your hat to them … not that you shouldn't do that anyway.

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COMMENTS (2 Comments)

diabar - East Dubuque, IL
My danged computer keyboard flexed and sent the message before I could finish my comment--

Everyone has to watch for this allergy in family members! People get different levels of this allergy. Some people go into anaphylactic shock just from breathing cooked meat, or smelling scented candles with animal fat in them. Others will get hives or turn red, just from touching mammal meat. Others will get upset digestive tracks after eating an ice cream cone, but not after eating pork.

Most doctors still don't know much of anything about this allergy, not even most allergists. There is so much misinformation about what is called the Alpha Gal Allergy. It is showing up in Australia and Europe and Africa. It probably is everywhere, but doctors and emergency workers don't know how to recognize it yet. The reactions are not immediate. They are delayed, which is totally unexpected in allergy reactions.

I've had this allergy for probably 20 years. It came on slowly. I have had to stop eating meat and most dairy. I can't use most lotions and soaps and detergents, and so much more because of mammal ingredients in them. The allergy has damaged my health in so many ways, my intestines, my lungs. Our immune systems can be so damaged by this disease-like allergy. No one yet understands what happens to us after bites from some ticks. The allergy wasn't even acknowledged by the medical profession until 2012.

It is NOT a vegan choice. It is a LIFE choice! I want to stay alive! Vegan is safe for Alpha Gal Allergy sufferers like me because the products don't have animal products, plain and simple.

I worry about how this can affect the AG industry. But Please, do not make people feel even worse because this allergy has been forced on them! No one would choose the life style changes that come with the Alpha Gal Allergy!
7:36 AM May 31st
diabar - East Dubuque, IL
The title of this piece (Alert: Ticks are Working for the Vegans) has me livid! This is so wrong on so many levels. One of the most important is that PEOPLE WILL NOT TAKE THIS ALLERGY SERIOUSLY. This allergy is about a heck of a lot more than just not eating meat! Children are getting this allergy. Cattlemen are getting it. THIS ALLERGY CAN AFFECT EVERY SINGLE PART OF PEOPLES' LIVES.
7:08 AM May 31st
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