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 “Fat Police” of Fargo
Oct 31, 2013
If you live in Fargo don’t go trick-or-treating at Cheryl’s house. She plans to hand out notes to parents instead of candy
, and we expect the kids and the parents to take offense. Cheryl’s note says, in part, "Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats." And Cheryl is, in our opinion, more than moderately wacko.
The Houston Press apparently agrees with us
. They’re calling Cheryl the self-appointed "fat police of Fargo," and they’ve developed 5 reasons handing out anti-obesity letters on Halloween is a bad idea.
Money for GMO fight
Politics is expensive. Money is pouring in to Washington state
in an attempt to influence Tuesday’s ballot initiative about labeling GMOs. Of the $33 million raised to fight the labeling effort, only an estimated $10,000 came from instate donors. Those supporting the labeling of GMO foods have raised $8.4 million, and about 25 percent of that from instate donors. Officials believe I-522, as it is called, is officially the most expensive initiative battle in the state’s history.
While we often complain about the amount of money spent on politics, there’s at least some evidence that it has helped people better understand GMOs. For instance, Nathanael Johnson, who writes about food and the environment for Grist.org, says that "there are good arguments against labeling
," though he still favors the idea.
Gene Hall of the Texas Farm Bureau
makes a good point when he says, "When food shoppers see the label on nearly everything in the store, they will understand that safety for people or the environment is not really an issue."
Here’s a story we didn’t expect to see from Texas. Not far from "JerryWorld,"
also known as the billion-dollar home of the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Sorrell cancelled the football program and turned the field into a farm. That’s somewhat sacrilegious in Texas, but as president of Paul Quinn College, Sorrell couldn’t justify the expense of a football program for a school that had just 250 students. Without football, the field was turned into a farm and in 2009 they struck a deal with Legends Hospitality to buy the produce. Don’t know Legends Hospitality? They run the concessions at "JerryWorld."
Eerie beauty of drought
Ok, we know drought and beauty are an oxymoron. But there is an exhibit in Austin, Texas
, that contains some excellent photography, even if it shows the heavy toll the drought has had on the state. We think you’ll agree - the drought is ugly, the photos great