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.
“Kid Cages” are a Reasonable Precaution
Oct 28, 2013
We always thought "kid cages" were a good idea, but folks in New Mexico are actually using them—though their reasons are a little different than ours. Fearful parents in New Mexico have built cages for their children to use as protection from wolves as they wait for the school bus. Defenders of the wolves say there have been no documented wolf attacks in the state and parents’ fears are overblown. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there are only an estimated 75 Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona, still the agency’s efforts to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the wolves has stirred controversy in the Southwest. By the end of the year federal officials are expected to finalize their plan for managing the Mexican wolves. Well, that’s reassuring. What could go wrong?
Nutrition Nonsense Unmasked
Halloween week is an appropriate time to rip the mask off nutrition lies that have been scaring consumers for decades. Kris Gunnars from Authority Nutrition does just that with "13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat." He says, "nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense," and number 7 on the list of nutrition lies that Gunnars summarily debunks is "meat is bad for you." Blaming new health problems on old foods "doesn’t make much sense at all and the studies don’t support it." Let’s have steak tonight!
A Scientific Study Without Scientists?
The Omaha World Herald reports, "Nebraska may be poised to conduct a climate study that its own scientists don’t want to be associated with." That’s because the state’s legislature has appropriated funds for the Climate Assessment and Response Committee to study the impact of climate change, only now the Legislature has voted to limit the study to "cyclical" climate change, which presumably excludes the role of humans in changing the climate. Scientists from the University of Nebraska and the National Drought Mitigation Center say they won’t circulate the study proposal to their peers if it excludes the role of humans.
"Power Shoppers" Propel Organic Market
Natural and organic retail sales surpassed $81 billion last year, an increase of 13.5 percent from 2011. But the bulk of those sales come from two groups of "power shoppers," those described as "true believers" in the organic/natural niche, and others described as "enlightened environmentalists." Together, they represent 18 percent of consumers, but account for 80 percent of organic and natural sales.