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.
PETA Brings "Sand to the Beach"
Jan 21, 2014
You have to give those silly folks at PETA credit for one thing, they keep the pot stirred. This week they directed attention to a Chicago restaurant and butcher shop called Publican Quality Meats by placing an anti-meat billboard directly across the street. The billboard includes a pig's face and the words "You can live without those ribs. I can't ... Try Vegan." Cosmo Goss, Publican's chef and head butcher said on Facebook, "We choose to eat meat ... (the animals) are slaughtered as humanely and painlessly as possible. But they ARE slaughtered. There is a death." One Publican customer said, "It's kind of like bringing sand to the beach, nobody's gonna buy [PETA's message] because everybody's come down here to eat meat."
"Expired" Food is Treasure
One man's trash is another man's food. At least that's what the former president of Trader Joe's hopes – he's planning to launch a store that only sells food another store has thrown away. In May, Doug Rauch plans to open The Daily Table, part grocery store and part café which will specialize in healthy, inexpensive food and the target audience are the underserved population in Dorchester, Mass. Rauch plans to collect and sell food that has exceeded its "sell-by" date, rendering it unsellable in other stores.
Marathon Aussie Cow Drive
We've been on a cow drive or two in our time, but our experience pales in comparison to the six-month drive currently in progress in Australia. Bill Little and his crew of Aussie cowboys are nearing the end of a 1,200 mile drive that's moving an amazing 18,000 head of cattle. The Wall Street Journal says that number "easily surpasses the U.S. record for the number of cattle in a single drive of 10,652 animals set at the T Anchor Ranch in the Texas Panhandle in 1882." Little has been entertained by some of the folks who have joined the ride, like the "two pretty blonde girls from the Netherlands. They got a sore bum and lasted a day."
Get Your Daily "Nature Exposure"
Here's research you can appreciate – even if you think the studies were a waste of money to confirm some common sense. Salon.com is reporting that humans "thrive when we have frequent exposure to nature." I’m guessing they didn't look into how city folks would thrive on one of your morning "nature exposures" to feed your cows this winter. But researchers have decided that people are kinder and more charitable "after looking at nature scenes," and office workers can relieve stress by a "mere glimpse of green through a window." So now you can label your daily chores a health benefit because they are "nature exposure."