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.
Dec 19, 2013
There’s been some buzz in the media this week about BPI’s lawsuit against ABC News. The news giant is asking a judge to throw out BPI’s case against them. Of course, BPI says "no way." Court documents say ABC intended to harm BPI’s relationship with its customers and the phrase "pink slime" was used more than 132 times. What we find a bit ironic is all the news media covering the story uses the slimy moniker as well – most of them in the headline. Politico’s story coins the remark four times, including in the URL. Lincoln’s Journal Star was a bit more judicious, only printing the epithet twice. ABC says it’s not an argument about a nickname, but rather free speech. Regardless of the outcome of the trial, and likely no matter how many hours are spent educating the public on lean, finely textured beef, the unfavorable pseudonym is here to stay. And yes, we had to use a thesaurus to come up with creative ways not to fall victim to the unfortunate alias as well.
Chew on this today: Apparently, affluent cattle have less gas than poor ones. That’s what one group of researchers are saying, and these oh-so-smart types are even blaming poor cattle (not poor as in skinny, but poor as in little money) for contributing to global warming more than their wealthier counterparts. Do we simply train our more affluent cattle to be more conspicuous with their flatulence? No, their argument is based on the fact that cattle in poor countries eat poor quality food, and that contributes to more methane production. They looked at the "emission intensity" of cattle raised in Sub-Saharan Africa versus those in the United States. According to their research, the poor cattle can release the equivalent of 1,000 kg of carbon dioxide for every 1 kg of protein they produce. For American cattle, the emission intensity is around 10 kg for every 1 kg of protein. Now, please excuse us while we get back to teaching our cows Emily Post’s book of etiquette.
Barter for Beer
The idea of bartering for goods is older than any currency, but apparently one convenience store clerk wouldn’t have anything to do with it. Maybe it’s because of what the customer at a Florida quick shop was bartering with. One very thirsty individual trapped a 4-foot alligator from a local park and tried to trade the animal for a 12-pack of beer. Unfortunately, the customer is probably still thirsty. He was arrested for illegally trapping the alligator—a second-degree misdemeanor. He faces six months in jail and a $500 fine. We can’t help but wonder what animal he will bring to court to pay his fine. After all, if a 4-foot alligator is only worth a 12-pack, what will it take to pay court costs?
We prefer our steaks grilled over mesquite, but always because of the flavor, not for safety concerns. However, maybe we should consider the safety of preparation next time. A Detroit sports personality suffered facial burns this week after ordering a popular Flaming Tomahawk Steak from a local restaurant. The Flaming Tomahawk is served on a sizzling plate, and at tableside, Bacardi 151 rum is poured over the top. Apparently, the waiter poured a little too much rum and the flames got a little too close to the connoisseur. Maybe he should reserve the rum for a glass.