Remember the iconic scene in The Godfather where Vito Corleone used a horse’s head to make an offer fictional movie mogul Jack Woltz couldn’t refuse?
Someone in Berkeley, Calif., has kinda recreated that scene by leaving boar’s heads in front of two vegan restaurants.
Although it’s unclear just what message the perpetrator was trying to send, we may find out as the perp was captured on surveillance video depositing one head in front of the restaurant Herbivore. We think the anti-vegan responsible for these acts should remember another of Don Corleone’s lines from The Godfather: “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”
GMOs On A Leash
Scientists have uncovered a way to prevent genetically modified organisms from escaping. They’ve inserted a built-in self-destruct mechanism into bacteria. The cells carry an alternative genetic code that makes them dependent on an artificial nutrient that is not found in nature. Harvard Medical School genetics professor George Church, compared the new technique to putting a GMO “on a leash.” If scientists stop supplying a particular unnatural amino acid synthesized in the laboratory, the bacteria die.
Henry Gardiner, 1931 - 2015
Henry C. Gardiner, 83, of Ashland, Kansas, passed away peacefully January 21, 2015, at Ashland Care Center with his family at his side. A giant among beef industry leaders and the patriarch of Gardiner Angus Ranch, Gardiner is survived by his wife Nan, three sons and their wives, and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 10:00 a.m., at Ashland High School. Monday evening, January 26, 2015, the initial Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series will be held at Kansas State University, with Robert Fraley, the executive vice president and chief technology officer for Monsanto, delivering the lecture.
In 2013, Fraley and two colleagues received the World Food Prize for their achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology.
Cattle Succumb to Commodity Rout
The global rout in commodities finally hit cattle with futures off to the worst start to a year since 1980. Cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have lost 7.1 percent in January, after touching a record in November and rising 21 percent in 2014, the most in four years. Aggregate open interest is at the lowest in more than five years.