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.
New Rule: Don’t Buy Body Fluids Online
Oct 23, 2013
Apparently, there are some folks that need to be warned not to buy body fluids online. Specifically, researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, say human breast milk purchased online can contain potentially dangerous bacteria, including salmonella. In fact, three-fourths of the breast milk samples they tested contained high amounts of bacteria. Shocking!
Blatant Inconsistencies are a Head-Scratcher
We’re glad to know we aren’t the only ones perplexed about our relationships with animals. But Hal Herzog, a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, spends so much time contemplating the relationships between man and animals that it makes our heads hurt. Herzog, also the author of "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals" and the blog Animals and Us, wrote an editorial in the Los Angeles Times that points out what he sees as "blatant inconsistencies in how we think about animals." And he acknowledges that consistencies by animal rights activists can come at a personal cost.
Florida Farm-to-Fork Tour Shout-Out
We enjoy poking fun at agriculture-challenged journalists when they stumble over important issues and events that affect your business. But we also like to give a shout-out to fellow reporters when they get it right. Our thanks to Laura Reiley, Food Critic of the Tampa Bay Times, for her story about how Florida ranchers use technology to raise beef. The story was the result of a farm-to-fork tour sponsored by the Florida Beef Council.
A Partnership Made in Propaganda Heaven
Two of the most blatant disseminators of misleading information about livestock production are teaming up to produce new drivel. Chipotle Mexican Grill and The Huffington Post plan to launch "Food For Thought," a blog they claim will help people better understand the food system. We’re pretty skeptical of that claim since Chipotle is guilty of misleading their customers and painting most livestock producers as uncaring and over-zealous users of antibiotics, and The Huffington Post allows columnists to regularly disparage modern agriculture in favor of chic, organic and boutique farming.