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.
Work in Washington
Oct 24, 2013
Now that the government is up and running again, lawmakers are turning their heads to other matters, like immigration. The two sides are not singing in harmony quite yet. There’s still plenty of bad blood between the parties after the "refuse to negotiate" plan of action didn’t work for either side. Washington Times says the GOP has a dirty taste in its mouth as they look at a broad immigration bill. And it looks like the farm bill conferees will meet up next week, just before Halloween. We sure hope the conferees don’t mistake the get-together for a costume party.
Politico says the farm bill gets no respect. Perhaps that headline is actually a perfect caption for the photo that accompanied the story. Take a look and make your own opinion. We think Obama and another "suit" who both are looking at the ground with their hands in their pockets while a farmer appears to be talking to them is the perfect image of no R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
A headline on NPR’s The Salt caught our attention today: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas for Health, Environmental Reform. The story is based on a "landmark report" that says the industry has regressed in the last five years. Really? Have they not seen all the news on sustainability in agriculture? How much better the industry is doing now compared to 10 years ago?
But then we did a little more digging. Their story was based on a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. In case that name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s the "scientific advisor" for the meatless Mondays campaign. Ah, now the headline makes more sense. The Animal Agriculture Alliance offered its own counter report, and The Salt said the pork industry also seemed a bit "peeved." What’s truly unfortunate is that a name much of the country thinks of as a leader in the medical community – Johns Hopkins – is attached to this "salty" report.
Ever heard of a Freegan? Neither had we, but apparently it’s a brotherhood of home-owning, job-holding individuals who prefer to get their groceries from the dumpster rather than the grocery store. These are not hobos. They have money to purchase food. They simply choose to "reduce their environmental impact" by eating discarded food. They claim there’s so much discarded food that they use what they can and give the rest away! Might make you think twice when the neighbor-you-don’t-know-so-well offers up some extra food!
Other News Bites
As beef prices rise and consumers make choices on protein, it looks like McDonalds is making some of the decisions for their patrons by dropping the third-pound Angus burgers from its menu. NBC says McDonalds has been working to offset higher beef costs by promoting chicken.
In the "news you are dying to know," today we offer the top food choices for those facing their final day on death row. Some are quite extravagant; others simple and a few others just odd. But we did notice that beef is on many of those menus.
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