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.
Guns 'n Burritos
May 20, 2014
What's with the PDF? You know, public display of firearms? Chipotle Mexican Grille apparently thinks likewise because they've told customers not to bring assault rifles - or any guns - into their restaurants.
We've made it well-known we are offended by Chipotle's marketing campaigns that disparage livestock producers for using FDA approved animal health products. That's why we refuse to patronize the chain that sells those over-priced burritos. Now, however, Chipotle enters the debate on another hot-button issue by saying, "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers."
15 Million Rea$on$
If you need new reasons not to donate money to the Humane Society of the United States, the animal rights group has 15 million new ones. That's how many dollars HSUS shelled out to settle a racketeering lawsuit that included witness bribery and obstruction of justice. We told you last week that HSUS' suit against Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was thrown out of court as "frivolous," "vexatious" and "groundless and unreasonable from its inception."
Today’s USA Today contains a full-page ad from HumaneWatch.org informing readers of the settlement, and a press release from Humane Watch claims the money paid to Feld Entertainment came – at least partially – from HSUS donor funds, despite assurances from HSUS to the contrary. HSUS claimed the settlement money came from insurance, but Humane Watch says court records show HSUS was denied insurance coverage.
"Fired With Enthusiasm"
Do you remember the speaker at your high school or college graduation? Yeah, we don't either, but there are a few memorable speakers that actually impart some wisdom on graduates. For instance, Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach, once told graduates, "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."
Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde told graduates, "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught."
The New York Times Magazine published a story about the national statistics on graduation rates that has some eye opening statistics, such as, "More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven't earned their degrees after six years."
Beef Hormone Facts
Some consumers are worried about the amount of hormones in beef. Should they be? University of Nebraska extension educator Bruce Treffer explains why it's a non-issue. "When hormones are eaten, they are digested, broken down and largely neutralized, so they don't act as hormones anymore. Even if they did, the 1.9 nanograms of estrogen in implanted beef seems miniscule when we consider that a child's body produces around 50,000 nanograms of estrogen per day. An adult female (non-pregnant) will produce 480,000 nanograms of estrogen per day on its own."