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.
Is 'Meat' a Dirty Word?
Jun 25, 2013
The good news: Taco Bell is adding more meat to its products. The bad news: It’s afraid to call it "meat." Yep, that’s right. Their new "Protein Power" menu features meat-heavy items, but according to Grist.org, the burrito business is afraid the mention of "meat" would lead customers to think of the new menu items as unhealthy.
Roundup Ready Wheat — No "Oops"
Last month’s discovery of some genetically engineered wheat in Oregon has Monsanto saying "foul play." Folks at AgriMarketing say the seed company believes the plants were a result of intentional contamination. They just don’t know by whom.
No Farm Bill. What Now?
In the wake of the failed farm bill, opinions vary on the next step for Congress. Some believe the legislative body will simply extend the current bill, while Agri-Pulse reports that Senator Harry Reid is asking the House to pass a previous version of the bill that was blessed by the Senate on June 10.
Beef Checkoff Demand Study
With woes prevalent in terms of current beef demand, the Beef Board released its beef demand study. Food safety, consistent quality and price top the list that drive demand, says Oklahoma Farm Report.
Washington Buzz Words: Farm Bill, Immigration, Climate Change
In the last seven days, several big buzz words have been hot topics in Washington. Today’s version is "Climate Change," as Obama announces his plan to reduce carbon pollution. But unlike the farm bill or immigration, USA Today predicts many of the proposed regulations will bypass Congress, thanks to an Executive Order.
The Committee on What?
Some senators are asking the FDA to join in a whole host of government agencies that are analyzing the Smithfield Foods purchase. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (who knew that existed?) asked the FDA to join the party in the wake of food safety concerns in China. Food Safety News explains the senators’ concerns.