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.
Not All Rosy
Dec 04, 2013
PETA is looking to make a splash at this year's Rose Parade, and they're getting a head start by protesting today in Pasadena. Their beef? The SeaWorld float that will feature a snorkeler, whales, a sea turtle and a reef. They say it should be replaced by a whale in a small fishbowl surrounded by chains and are encouraging parade execs to "take a stand." Yeah, like that's going to happen. If it's not too late to enter the parade, we propose a float for PETA--People Eating Tasty Animals--and feature a fine dining experience, complete with ribeyes or filets.
A myriad of reports citing health problems related to GMOs are coming under fire and organizations are distancing themselves from the reports. Our favorite? The Celiac Disease Foundation says a report linking GMOs to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease "is not supported" by its medical advisory board. Even the top medical minds on the subject are crying foul on the study. And that's not the only corny study. The publisher of research citing a cancer link with GMO corn is retracting the study, saying mice used in the research are prone to get cancer regardless.
Vegan Test Drive
Two celebs are going vegan, but just for 22 days. Grist says that Jay Z and Beyoncé are going on a 22-day "spiritual and physical cleanse" that involves forsaking all animal products. They've even tied in some weird math to justify the 22 days. We're not too worried that the duo will adapt the lifestyle full time. Afterall, Jay-Z offers leather underwear in his clothing line, and in August, Beyoncé spent over $2,000 on chicken at a casual dining chain in London. They'll be back ...
Overeating and Lingerie
Some news we just can't pass up. This is one of those. Researchers at Microsoft (yes, the computer company) are in the bra business, sort of. To fight stress-related overeating, they developed a bra that could detect stress based on heart rate, breathing, sweating and movement. The idea behind the invention was if wearers understand their stress-eating triggers, they would curb their overeating tendencies. Guys, if you're feeling left out of the experiment, we're sorry. The researchers tried similar technology with men's underwear but "it was too far away from the heart ..."
News on the farm bill has mainly stayed isolated to ag websites, but NPR is providing a little sticker shock today: Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again. They're not pulling any punches when it comes to the lack of an agreement on farm policy. As more of these stories appear, the public might join the ag community in putting pressure on politicians.