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.
The Pink Slime of Oils
Nov 07, 2013
What’s the difference between partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and lean, finely textured beef (LFTB)? The Food and Drug Administration announced today that trans fats are no longer "generally regarded as safe." There are lots of folks applauding this sharp shift in policy today and it will likely lead to the banning of trans fats in baked goods, refrigerated dough products, frosting and a laundry list of other foods. Trans fat is apparently nasty stuff as the consumption of 1 gram a day can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. So, put down the doughnut in favor of some lean, finely textured beef, which contains no partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Oregon's Famous Exploding Whale
Many consider this episode in America’s history the first video to go viral on the Internet. In 1970, Oregon officials had a large, stinky problem on their hands—a dead whale. Highway engineer George Thornton dealt with the problem in a way many men would like to deal with problems—he blew it up. The half a ton of dynamite mixed with the 8-ton whale produced a shower of blubber – all captured on film by a local TV station. Thornton dies this week at 84, leading the video to resurface for our viewing pleasure. We presume the stench is gone by now.
Voters in Washington State voted down a GMO-labeling initiative this week and supporters were quick to blame the "giant pile of money" that flowed into the state to campaign against the measure. Washington’s measure 522, which would have required prominent labels on GMO foods, lost by nine percentage points, and opponents of the initiative outspent supporters 3 to 1. Nathanael Johnson, who writes for Grist.com, criticized the "dirty money" that he believes tipped the scales of the vote. Ironically, two days later Johnson was sending out a warning that climate change will reduce farm yields worldwide by 2 percent per decade when demand is increasing 12 percent per decade. He points a report by this really smart guy Jonathan Foley, of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment who describes what we need to do to keep ourselves from starving. Pssst! Nathanael ... GMOs!
"National Men Make Dinner Day!"
Every dog has his day, and now so do men who seldom cook. Today is "National Men Make Dinner Day!" This new national holiday has its own web site, complete with a list of reasons to participate, for instance: Since you choose the recipe, it can be turnip-free night. We’re guessing carry-out pizza won’t satisfy the females in the house today.