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.
Quiz Your Faithfulness
Apr 02, 2014
Just how vegetarian are you? That's what the Huffington Post wants to know, citing that although the thought of being vegetarian is popular, many people are just along for the ride but secretly want meat. (We don't blame them.) So out of curiousity, we took their little quiz. Our result: "You ain’t no vegetarian. Your about as vegetarian as a lion. Your love of meat is not over and you are clearly not a very committed individual." Hmm. We take offense to that. We are very committed – to eating meat!
Climate change gurus believe that in order to reach the UN's global warming mitigation goals, people need to quit eating meat. Their argument is based on information from the EPA that says agriculture comprises eight percent of all greenhouse-gas emissions. Okay, that's fair, but don't they realize agriculture is more than just the meat industry? Where do they think the chickpeas for hummus or the soybeans for their beloved tofu come from? Uh-huh. Agriculture.
What's more ironic is the story admits transportation and electricity account for more than half of emissions in the United States, but we don't see them arguing for less electricity.
Light candles and eat beef
Our industry has worked on several technologies to eliminate E. coli bacteria. Recent research at Purdue University has uncovered a new idea – bacteriophages. In case it's been a while since you took high school science, bacteriophages are viruses that target and kill bacteria. In the research, an injection of bacteriophages or "phages" decreased E. coli by 99%. The technology had similar results with both beef and spinach. This sounds like a great advancement. Our only concern is the name "bacteriophages." Could it be hard to get consumers past that name? We've had similarly bad luck selling "irradiation" and a "puff of ammonium hydroxide." Maybe we can call these phages E. coli Eaters or Natural E. coli Enemies.
Great idea; unpopular name
National PB&J Day
Although it's not a national holiday, some are celebrating the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A survey from 2002 revealed that the average American eats 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating high school. We have to admit, we've had our fair share.
Peanut butter, jelly time!