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.
Aug 29, 2014
There's a connection between your lunch and the spot where hunter-gatherers relieved themselves. Writing for Forbes, Richard Levick says, "crop domestication – or the earliest instances of genetically modified food – took root in prehistoric latrines."
Levick is referring to the naturally occurring mutations that made certain fruits and vegetables attractive to humans, and that "those fruits and vegetables contained seeds that required digestion to germinate." Why is this fact important? Because, Levick notes, 59% of Americans turn to the Internet for nutritional advice, and that's where GMO opposition groups have swayed public opinion in their favor. A recent Nielson poll suggests 61% of consumers have heard of GMOs and almost half say they try to avoid eating them.
WOTUS Maps "Astonishing"
The EPA's maps that detail the extent of the "Waters of the United States" proposal were made public this week. Congressmen such as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, was not happy once he saw the maps. "Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA's desire to minimize the importance of these maps," Smith wrote to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. "But EPA's posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents. While you claim that EPA has not yet used these maps to regulate Americans, you provided no explanation for why the Agency used taxpayer resources to have these materials created."
Iowa Farmer Next Bachelor
Some of my "friends" that help me with this daily newsletter tell me that you'd want to know a farmer has been named to star on the next The Bachelor. Haven't seen it, and probably won't watch this Iowa boy on drivel that passes as reality TV. But, for those of you who are interested, Arlington, Iowa, farmer Chris Soules is the 19th participant of ABC's hit show. Soules became popular on this past season of The Bachelorette and fans often referred to him as "Farmer Chris."
Arizona rancher and veterinarian Gary Thrasher has lived along the U.S. southern border for more than four decades and says the problems in the area defy a one-size-fits-all solution. The rise of drug smugglers has made ranching in the region dangerous. "We don't very often come in contact with very many people because we don't want to be in contact with them," he says. "There's just been too many people hurt and too much violence."