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.
Lambs are “For Sacrifice” in Hollywood
Oct 08, 2013
In most any city in America this street protest would draw attention. But in the Hollywood Boulevard freak show over-the-top doesn’t even place. Still, Mercy for Animals’ protest against carnivores caught the attention of The Los Angeles Times, which noted "it was a bit odd to see a bunned, 10-foot-long (inflatable) dog lying on its side, with a belly striped with ketchup and mustard." Odd? Among pedestrians that included a web of Spider-Men — one rail-thin, one chubby, one wearing a bulging fanny pack – and Popeye, in dirty white track pants? No more so than the Queen of Darkness – "in tiara, eye mask, black gown, black cape and elbow-length black lace gloves — who paused to tell the protesters, ‘God made cows, deer, pigs, goats and lambs for food — and lambs are for sacrifice.’"
Are Consumers Stupid? Does Science Matter?
We think the first answer is ‘probably,’ and the second ‘definitely.’ Ronald L Doering, past president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, sees it this way: "Most consumers are scientifically illiterate, but they’re not stupid." Doering says consumers are questioning regulators and livestock producers who have insisted for years that the prudent use of antibiotics in agriculture poses no human health risk. If that’s true, "why are we seeing the proliferation of meat labels with ‘no antibiotics’ claims?" Doering believes the "perception risk can trump the scientific risk, and the science doesn’t really matter."
Under a Beaver’s Tail
There are just some things about our food we really don’t need to know. Like the connection between vanilla ice cream and a beaver’s butt. Alas, TIME tells us that the smell of vanilla is derived from castoreum a.k.a. a fragrant, brown slime that comes from a beaver’s castor sacs, which are located pretty much where you'd expect them to be located.
Sad Reality of Blizzards on the Central Plains
Horrific, incredibly sad photos of Mother Nature’s wrath during this week’s snowstorm we found on Facebook. AgriTalk's Mike Adams has the details on this tragedy. There's some great info in this segment but if you'd like to skip straight to the interview with Jodie Anderson, Executive Director at SD Cattlemen's Association, it is around the 44:00 mark.