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.
For Gravy Connoisseurs
Nov 11, 2013
A New Hampshire farmer may have discovered a method for raising turkeys that could change our perception of Thanksgiving dinner. We like Thanksgiving as much anyone—great food with family and friends—but turkey was never our favorite dish. Alas, turkey is the traditional menu and we oblige for a day. Turkey farmer Joe Morette, however, gives his birds beer, which he says makes them fatter, more flavorful and juicier. At least one customer says the "gravy is much darker and much tastier." As life-long gravy connoisseurs, we think that sounds terrific. We're still not eating cranberries, though.
Technology provides us with many gifts, but sometimes we wonder, what took so long? We have smart phones that keep our calendars and videos of our nephew's first birthday. Only now we have what the world has been waiting for—bacon deodorant. J&D Foods is a Seattle company that has launched the sizzling deodorant that is sure to make you attractive to ... well, somebody. Can't get enough sizzle in your life? J&D also offers bacon-flavored salt, condoms, shaving cream, and other stuff that really shouldn't smell like bacon. There's even a bacon coffin that retails for $2,999. You can't make this stuff up!
In Meat She Trusts
We expect Maureen Ogle will receive a lot of criticism this week, so we're going to be one of the first to praise her work. Ogle is a historian whose new book, "In Meat We Trust," explains why much of what Americans think they know about the meat industry is wrong. For instance, she admits the meat industry is enormous but claims its power is limited by narrow profit margins, an impenetrable bureaucracy and elaborate demands from American consumers. She also believes Michael Pollan and other food reformers don't understand the food system.
America may be a melting pot, but regional differences are not going away anytime soon, according to a new book by reporter Colin Woodard, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America." Woodard claims, "Our continent's famed mobility has been reinforcing, not dissolving, regional differences, as people increasingly sort themselves into like-minded communities." The Washington Post provides a map showing the 11 cultures with names like "Yankeedom" and "The Left Coast." We think this is an interesting read, though we'd add a couple more cultures by separating Hollywood and Washington D.C. into "Neurotic" and "Delusional."