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.
Aug 14, 2013
Merck is rolling out a new quality control program to insure Zilmax is fed correctly, NASDAQ says. But the "things that make you go hmmm" are in this Reuter’s article. Some feedyards are quoted as quietly receiving premiums – starting six months ago – for non-Zilmax cattle. One manager said Tyson offered no explanation for the premiums.
JBS says it noticed similar ambulatory problems, but the Wall Street Journal says JBS and other packers have no intentions of changing their cattle procurement practices. General information on beta-agonists is circling in light of mainstream media publicizing what is hinting to be the cattle version of Watergate.
NCBA underscores there is no scientific evidence for saying beta-agonists are the cause of the animal welfare concerns. But it supports all efforts to fully understand how the products could impact animal welfare in real-life conditions.
No matter how the facts unfold, natural beef suppliers are smiling all the way to the bank.
Tainted Taste Test
The liberal policy group MoveOn has aimed their next campaign directly at GMOs, Agri-Pulse reports, and a video of their street-side taste test proved to be quite effective. The American Medical Association is not in favor of GMO labeling, citing no scientific justification for the label. Multiple seed and crop companies joined forces to launch GMOanswers.com, hoping to educate the public on GMO crops.
Best 8-year-old joke of the day: What happens when you cross a rabbit with a glow stick? A glowing rabbit! Yeah. Funny. Except they really do exist in Turkey. And the technology to create them could cure HIV one day.
Just in case you don’t have anything to do or read this weekend, Grist offers a book review on genetically modified literature. Like we said, just in case you don’t have anything to do. We mean anything.
Chipotle: What We Meant To Say
In light of yesterday’s announcement that Chipotle plans to use beef from sick animals treated with antibiotics, the company is clarifying its words. Amid shortages of naturally raised beef, Chipotle has used beef that is not naturally raised. However, the company is considering tweaking its "responsibly raised" standards to allow meat treated with antibiotics to treat illnesses.
Maybe Not a Mad Cow
UC Davis researchers have identified a virus that causes symptoms similar to mad cow disease, but is not a threat to human health or the food supply. This new finding should help rule out bovine spongiform encephalopathy as the cause of neurological symptoms in cattle.
Even while Congress is on their summer break, the immigration lobby is working hard to tell the story of immigrants and agriculture. Bloomberg has this story from California’s produce country.