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.
Prime (Rib) Time
Dec 20, 2013
Kudos to Huffington Post today. Wait, did we just say that? How can we offer up such words after part of their website is sponsored by Chipotle and features download links to the horrid scarecrow ad and game? But today, Huff Post got it right. They offer some delightful prime rib recipes for Christmas dinner. And they’re well timed, we might add. This weekend, millions will do their Christmas dinner shopping, and their photos and recipes are plenty enticing.
Save the earth. Eat less meat. That’s the message printed in The Guardian today. A few climate science "gurus" say taxing meat will cause people to eat less of it, thus reducing global warming. They believe the easiest way to convince people to put their beefy forks down is by hitting them in their pockets. For years, many of the UN’s climate change folks have been chided for bad science, but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing their crazy ideas. Have they considered sources of pollution and planned taxes on those? Likely not.
A few from the ag sector in England have commented, saying meekly that livestock turn grass that we cannot eat into a protein to feed the human population. If that’s all they’re going to say, it’s no wonder the Guardian keeps targeting the British cattle industry. They appear to be easy targets.
Wired.com has also chimed in. Ironically, they do acknowledge that carbon dioxide is the most abundant greenhouse gas. Hello? Who emits CO2? We suggest they all hold their breath—for a really long time—to limit the CO2 they are emitting to the atmosphere.
Beef’s Passport to China
If the Brits are being asked to eat less, maybe the Chinese will make up for it. China has promised to ease restrictions of U.S. beef imports and will promote U.S. beef in the country. The jury’s still out as to exactly what their "promotions" will include, because the country has promised to ease those restrictions before. Nonetheless, bringing beef into one of the most populous countries in the world can’t be a bad thing.
Read the Fine Print
A horse rescue group, Front Range Equine Rescue, says it’s working with HSUS to stop horse slaughter in the U.S. Although the group appears to have somewhat different motives than HSUS, offering funds to help horse owners humanely euthanize unwanted horses, the fact that they’ve aligned themselves with HSUS makes us truly wonder about their cause. If they are passionate about finding solutions to unwanted horses, then they should read the fine print when it comes to HSUS. Recently, Wayne Pacelle even admitted donors "are confused" about HSUS.