The G-8's science ministers have turned their ears to the relationship of antibiotic resistance and animal agriculture—worrying about the various aspects from the need for new, efficacious, drugs to the impact of current practices on resistance in both animal and human drugs. Global Meat News reports.
Separately the head bossman at the OIE suggests that he expects that group to disallow the prophylactic use of antibiotics in agriculture.
Fine. We Like It. Now, What’s Up with Paris?
We're not sure if this poll indicates widespread support for THE bill or for ANY bill that will get the issue out of the news so we can get back to the important news. But Politico thinks it's significant.
Not that Politico (or much of anybody else) thinks the story will go away soon. It's that House, again.
A Flash Weather Future?
The Midwest's wet spring after last year’s dry summer has the climate changers suggesting that's how it will be from now on, NPR reports. Always too hot or too cold or too dry or too wet. Sounds like a typical week in our part of Texas.
The All-Beef T-Rex Burger.
Now, we're talking. Wendy's has finally figured out that you don't need no stinkin' bacon to make a great hamburger. You just need more hamburger. Like nine patties.
Schmallenberg Virus (SBV)
The livestock business does not need a new virus and we don't need a new impossible-to-spell word to write about. But here's the bad news from Wyoming.
Kalbi Flank Steak for Father’s Day
We'll take more steak in our steak, thank you, but this PBS suggestion sounds like it might be quite tasty and probably adequate for sissier dads. Anyhow, it’s nice to see PBS saying something nice about beef. Keep those pledges coming.
Let Us Now Consider the Canine Person
Yale will host a most curious conference this winter as part of its "Nonhuman rights project." The host groups will include the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Nonhuman Rights Project, the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, the Yale Animal Ethics Group and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. (Not really. We were just kidding about NCBA. They weren't invited. But the others are real groups of people who think they have a cause and acronym that will support them.)
We Grazers try not to waste your time with a lot of verbiage on this site, but consider this peculiar passage from the Nonhuman Rights website:
Special consideration will be given to discussions of nonhuman animal personhood, both in terms of understanding the history, science, and philosophy behind personhood, and ways to protect animal interests through the establishment of legal precedents and by increasing public awareness.
By the close of the conference, attendees will have gained an enhanced understanding of the neurological, cognitive, and behavioral underpinnings of personhood and those traits required for such consideration; personhood theory; the history of personhood consideration and status (both in terms of philosophical and legal conceptions); and the legal hurdles and requirements for granting personhood status outside of the human species.
Whoa. Wait. Did somebody just say, "personhood status outside of the human species?" How do we connect all those words together in that order? Very mysterious.
It makes Humanewatch nervous, too.
Good luck on collecting this, but It’s always nice to see a crooked trader take a ding.
A Worse Crop, but Not That Much Worse
We love the way this UPI reporter dumbs it down for us on yesterday’s WASDE report. And we love the fact that we can still hope to see some moderation in feed prices.
Ethanol Editorial. We Have No Comment.
We didn't write this. No cow person of our acquaintance wrote it. Don’t blame us. We just report. It’s those guys at the Heritage Foundation.
Lots of us—all caught up in flash weather and such—will be buying and selling new types of fodder this year. AgriNews has some help on figuring the value of silage.
TB-Free SD Says the Cow Was from Texas
The Stock Exchange News reports.
More Wolves for the Southwest
What Fish and Wildlife giveth, Fish and Wildlife taketh away. Having proposed to delist one species of wolf, they now propose to increase the range of another. USA Today has one of the stories.
High Country News reports these cows are enjoying their personhood status by tromping seeds into the ground on reclamation sites.