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.
Jan 22, 2014
We haven't considered becoming a vegan, but this headline intrigued us: "12 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan." We've all heard claims from the vegetarian folks about how much healthier we'll be once we swear off eating meat. But about half of this list contains warnings, such as the fact that "you'll likely need a B12 supplement," and "maybe an iron supplement, too." But this warning threw our sarcastic tendencies into overdrive: "You'll have to find new sources of protein." Really? So, some of you people never considered this before? Actually, we regularly switch protein sources. Monday it's hamburger, Tuesday brisket, Wednesday is for pot roast....
Weather and Climate Warnings
More than 80 million people were in the path of the storm that dumped the heaviest snowfall of the season on the Northeast, with more than a foot falling in some areas. That storm moved up the Atlantic seaboard about the same time the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data that 2013 was tied for the fourth warmest year on record around the world.
The average world temperature was 58.12 degrees, tying with 2003 for the fourth warmest since 1980. The hottest year was 2010. Scientists also warn that our changing climate could double the possibility of "super" El Niños. El Niño refers to a pattern of unusually warm water stretching across the surface of eastern equatorial Pacific that occurs every 3-7 years, and the phenomenon has been credited with creating weather disasters around the world.
Ranking the Greatest Fats
There's a list for everything, right? The worst Presidents, the greatest baseball hitters, and movies like "Bucket List." So why not fats? Josh Ozersky has written on his carnivorous exploits for magazines, authored several books and is the founder of the Meatopia food festival. Who better to develop a list of the "7 Greatest Fats – Ranked?" Ozersky believes "there is an eternal hierarchy of Seven Great Greases, as I have come to think of them."
Bee Colony Collapse Linked to Virus
A new study claims a rapidly mutating virus that leaped from plants to honeybees is reproducing and contributing to the collapse of bee colonies. Tobacco ringspot virus, a pollen-borne pathogen that causes blight in soy crops, was found during routine screening of commercial honeybees by USDA.