The Neighbors Are a Wee Bit Upset
May 24, 2013
In response to USDA’s action on Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) yesterday, our neighbors to the north are threatening retaliation. The American Meat Institute says it’s impossible to comply — by today — as the rule states. Our grocery industry friends found it quite absurd. Reckon Vilsack will send people down the bunklines of feedyards asking cattle where their hometown is?
A roundup of the news on the subject:
•Food Safety News
•Journal of Commerce
•MSN even shared a balanced story on the subject
McDonalds Must Read This Blog
Yesterday we noted that many higher-end restaurants in Cleveland were offering local hero Charles Ramsey free burgers for life, but Micky D’s had yet to chime in. Thursday, the chain stepped up and offered free food for a year. We’ll be watching for the uptick in beef demand when Ramsey cashes in on these offers.
If Ramsey gets tired of beef, he can always try these chicken-free strips. Yum, yum. But if you’re looking for a product that "looks, tastes and chews just like chicken," why not eat chicken?
For Diehard Beef Lovers
In case you’re bored with chocolate ice cream...Time magazine rounded up the 15 funkiest ice cream flavors. How ‘bout a scoop of Bone Marrow with Smoked Cherries? Don’t worry. The pork industry isn’t left out. There’s a ham and cheese variety, too.
And in the spirit of Memorial Day, the "Eat Like A Man" blog
offers these savory tips
to make the most of your red-white-&-blue BBQ.
More Bits from the Net
You Might Want to Start Feeding Wheat
The farm…yawn…bill is still being kicked around in the Senate Ag Committee. Big farmers might have to pay more premiums, amid news crop insurance was a corn lifeline for 2012. And how about the news that the renewable fuel folks are working to find more ways the crop can power cars? Yipee.
Tough Day for Horses
On a serious note, the Oklahoma tornado’s toll on livestock — particularly horses — is devastating. Although few have reported cattle losses since the super storm took a more urban path, our equine friends weren’t so lucky. Racing operations in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as cutting horse farms, were destroyed.
Hats Off to Cornell University...
...for developing a less expensive DNA profile for cattle.