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.
Warning: GMOs Might Kill You
Dec 03, 2013
At least Grist would like for you to believe that's the case. In this meant-to-be-thought-provoking narrative, the author suggests GMOs could pose the same health risks as cigarette smoking and trans fats. And, after all, since it took a decade or more to prove both smoking and trans fats as unhealthy, the writer suggests we should just lump GMOs into the same category—to save time.
We Want Beef!
Olive Garden, known for affordable Italian dining, is stretching its menu offerings a bit–-for a burger. Apparently the popular food chain is losing customers who "crave a burger" so they're adding the beefy delight to the menu. Some might chastise Olive Garden for not staying with its Italian roots, but if they are buying more beef, we certainly won't.
Egg-xactly an Issue
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? After watching this video, your answer might be "neither." A high-tech start up company has invested millions to try and create eggs, sans chickens. In a "kitchen" full of tech geeks, cooks and biochemists, Hampton Creek Foods is working to find an egg substitute created from plants. Citing the crazy way eggs are harvested and that chickens are kept in cages, the food team is developing substances that will act like eggs in food products like mayonnaise, cakes and cookies. The company CEO boldly says he's out to hurt the $9 billion egg industry.
Here's our beef with their idea. Many who oppose large-scale animal production, in this case chicken cages, are also against tech-savvy products, like GMO crops. Hello ... how are GMOs terrible, but fake eggs crafted in a laboratory by biochemists are A-OK?
Dishwasher is for Dishes
Today, a public service announcement: Please don't cook your beef in the dishwasher. Sounds a little crazy, eh? We can always rely on the Grist to publish some crazy things, and how to cook a turkey in your dishwasher was a popular Thanksgiving article. Our friends at Barf Blog even attempted it, just for grins. We suggest you don't try this at home, and please, never, ever cook a fine piece of beef a la Cascade.