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.
Eat Your Enemy
Mar 27, 2014
You don't have to be a cannibal to participate in this new food movement. Maybe you've heard of locavores (those who eat locally raised food) and omnivores (those who eat a plant-based diet), but now there's a new vore in our language – invasivore. That's what folks are calling themselves who eat invasive species such as carp, feral hogs, Himalayan blackberries, Canada goldenrod and rock snot. (We weren't familiar with rock snot either, but it's apparently a species of diatom that produces nuisance growths in freshwater rivers and streams that has been described as a cross between mucus and throw-up. Yum.) Andrew Deines is a Michigan State University biologist who enjoys invasive garlic mustard ice cream and heads up a group who run Invasivore.org, a site that provides all the news and recipes you need to eat your enemies.
Editor's note: Doh! Please see 'We Eat Our Words' for a note on the omnivore correction.
We've always thought a vegetarian lifestyle would be depressing, but now there's evidence to support such ideas. In fact, a new study of 1,320 Austrians published in Nutrition and Health says vegetarians are more likely to have cancer, food allergies, and anxiety and depression. Researchers also found vegetarians take fewer vaccines and have fewer preventative checkups.
"Overall, our findings reveal that vegetarians report poorer health ... and have a lower quality of life," the researchers wrote. Of course, if you're a vegetarian you're likely to dispute the study, as the folks at Grist do.
As for us, we've never seen a depressed person eating barbeque.
The ongoing drought threatens many farmers and ranchers. California has upped its estimate of unplanted acres to 800,000 and the early guess for on-farm losses is $3.56 billion.
The National Drought Monitor shows 65% of our nation's cowherd is in states currently experiencing drought. Six states in the Central Plains – Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa – account for 40% of those cows and each of those states are under various degrees of drought.
There's another drought underway in America – a tornado drought. Through March 26, only six tornadoes have been confirmed, according to the Weather Channel. That matches the lowest March tornado count of six recorded in 1951. The reason, meteorologists say, is due to the same pattern that gave us a cold and snowy winter in parts of the U.S. But don't be misled by the lack of early-season tornados. April brings a marked ramp-up of tornados as warmer, more humid air flows farther north to intercept under the still-energetic polar jet stream.