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.
Meat: The New Tobacco
Mar 06, 2014
The food police are at it again, and the latest anti-meat study is certainly headline-worthy: It claims--much to the delight of vegans everywhere, we're sure--that eating meat and dairy could be as bad for you as smoking. The researchers say that people who eat high-protein diets are more likely to die of cancer than people who eat low-protein diets, and plant-based proteins are less harmful than animal-based proteins.
However, comparing meat to cigarettes is just blowing smoke, according Gunter Kuhnle, a food scientist at the University of Reading in the U.K. Kuhnle says the mortality risk is much greater for smokers than for meat-eaters, and comparing the two trivializes the risks of smoking. "People don’t need cigarette smoke to live – but protein is crucial to our bodily survival, and an essential part of our diet. Meat and cheese provide proteins and many other important nutrients, and can be part of a healthy diet," he says.
Moreover, Zoe Williams writes for The Guardian that the researchers' claims aren't just over the top, but the study itself is flawed. The problem? The study used data from a national diet survey, and people tend to lie about what they eat.
Viva la France
We respect anybody who respects a great cut of beef, which is why we're 100% supportive of the "foreign beef movement" that's happening in Paris. You see, French cows were historically bred for work, so the meat they produce leaves much to be desired. This has led French butchers and chefs to import about 20% of their beef from Europe, South America and the U.S., and it's introduced the French to new cuts of meat, like short ribs. And an extra thumbs-up goes to restaurant owner William Bernet, who insists on serving all of his beef somewhere between raw and rare.
All we can say is, we hope this movement continues to flourish. Because we believe everyone deserves a great ribeye.
We always knew wolves were bad news for livestock, but a new study by Oregon State University has found that wolf attacks affect more than just the downed animal. Reinald Cooke, animal scientist at OSU, explains: "Wolf attacks also create bad memories in the herd and cause a stress response known to result in decreased pregnancy rates, lighter calves and a greater likelihood of getting sick. It’s much like post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD – for cows." Long story short: Stressed-out cows lead to decreased profits.
Meat Myths, Dispelled
We've heard plenty of crazy reasons why people shouldn't eat meat, but Kris Gunnars does a good job of dispelling the most common ones. It's a little hard to believe that anyone would honestly think that "meat rots in your colon" or "humans aren't designed for meat consumption," but as Gunnars says, "There is a lot of nonsense in nutrition."