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.
No Crying Over Raw Milk for Air India
Oct 30, 2013
It's no secret we like eating high on the "cow" around here, particularly beef, and we don't mind a side of dairy, too. However, Air India has us questioning if we want to take the risk of drinking milk on any flights to the land that Christopher Columbus couldn't find. We're sure Columbus drank his fair share of unpasteurized milk; it's just not something most current world travelers want to mess with. From the outside it looks like Air India is trying save a few bucks by serving raw milk in used plastic bottles, but they better not cry when an unsuspecting customer gets sick and sues 'em.
The American Serengeti
Good intentions won't win the trust of an American rancher. The latest example can be found in Montana, where a group of conservationists and a few millionaire donors are hoping to create a privately-funded grassland reserve where 10,000 bison roam. That's the vision of the American Prairie Reserve, whose chairman, George E. Matelich, is a managing director of a New York private equity firm. The group has control of about 274,000 acres now, but ranchers are beginning to dig in their heels against the concept. They've seen development in the West before that created ski resorts and ranch retreats for wealthy businessmen and Hollywood celebrities.
Global Wine Shortage Looms
Market tip of the day—buy wine futures. Morgan Stanley Research said in a report issued Monday a global wine shortage is fast approaching. Last year, the supply barely exceeded demand. Wine production peaked in 2004, the report says, while global wine consumption has increased. Americans and the Chinese are to blame for much of the increase in consumption. The U.S. uncorks 12 percent of the world's wine, and per capita consumption doubled since 2000. China is now the world's fifth largest import market and has doubled its consumption twice in the past five years.
Video Misleads Consumers
Steve Nelson is not happy with Chipotle Mexican Grill. As president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nelson says the restaurant's advertising video, "The Scarecrow," perpetuates two of the "greatest fallacies of modern food production." One, Nelson said, is "the myth of the American 'factory farm.'" The other is that "people involved in raising food care only about profit and do so at the expense of their animals and our natural resources." Chipotle's motto is "Food with Integrity," but we're questioning whether that also applies to their advertising campaigns.