As we wrote yesterday there's a good chance your bottled water comes from drought-parched California, and much of that is simply tap water.
The article was from Mother Jones and gathered interest from the far reaches of the Internet, mainly because the whole bottled water business just invites criticism. Which is all good until somebody pulls out a calculator and tries to add up the drops of water in a salad or a steak. Eric Holthaus from Slate.com wades into such wacko when he tries to convert your loathing of bottled water into hatred for beef.
Per capita, Americans consume about 30 gallons of bottled water each year. "But here's the kicker," Holthaus writes. "A single steak dinner uses as much water as almost a lifetime (61.5 years' worth, to be exact) of drinking bottled water." That's 1,845 gallons per pound of beef, using Holthaus' math. We think the slide rule they use at the University of California-Davis is more accurate. They say it takes 441 gallons of water to produce a pound of boneless beef.
Stoned on GMOs
Even some of the anti-technology folks like technology when it suits their desires. Like, GMOs are evil unless you can manipulate marijuana to make it more potent. That seems to be the sentiment in Oregon and Colorado – states where marijuana is legal – where there's a movement to exempt genetically engineered marijuana from proposed GMO-labeling laws.
In Colorado the GMO-labeling initiative is called I-48, and the proposal exempts several categories of food from labeling, including alcohol. But since the law does not exempt edible marijuana, supporters fear recreational pot users will oppose the GMO-labeling initiative. Dude, this is like…really confusing.
Brazil's Beef Buyer
Brazilian beef exports are on the rise, thanks mainly to a doubling of purchases by Russia. Vladimir Putin responded to international sanctions over his meddling in the Ukraine by banning imports from Europe and the United States. That opened the door for Brazil, and the country's Association of Meat Exporters said Tuesday that beef exports rose 19% in July, and exports to Russia rose 113% compared to July of last year. Brazil exported 144,700 tonnes of beef in July, up 8.6% from a year ago.
Kansas BPI Plant to Reopen
A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales. Beef Products Inc. said it plans to start collecting fresh beef trimmings at its Garden City facility beginning Monday to support its current Dakota City, Nebraska production operations. The Kansas plant is the first to reopen since the company closed three of its facilities over the 2012 controversy about the meat.
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