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.
Sep 03, 2013
Just in case you need another reason to eat more beef, the Mayo Clinic has one--eat beef for your brain. In a study of 1,200 adults, those who ate more protein and less carbohydrates had the least amount of cognitive impairment as they aged. Ganaderia Mexico reports that those with the highest amout of carbohydrates in their diets were 3.6 times likelier to develop mild cognitive impairment. So when you enjoy beef at your next meal, just consider it "brain food."
Laborless Labor Day
Tom Vilsack took time yesterday to note that if immigration reform that is friendly to ag workers doesn’t pass Congress, the agriculture work force could be very shorthanded in the future. The Courier Herald published the op-ed penned by Vilsack.
Vilsack may have also drawn the proverbial "line in the sand" when it comes to the farm bill, according to the Clinton Herald. Saying there will not be an extension, Vilsack seemed somewhat confident that lawmakers would come to an agreement in less than 27 days. But who’s counting?
Hold Your Horses!
They say you can’t trust the police in Mexico. Well, apparently you can’t trust their horses either as 30 police horses stampeded down a busy street in Mexico City. One person was injured and 11 cars were damaged, The Blaze reports.
Buying FDA Approval
A not-so-flattering report from Food & Water Watch asks what the Zilmax situation teaches us about industry science. The story cites university research that is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, and asks if their science is truly scientific, or even trust worthy. Although it is an important question to ask, those in the academia ranks know it takes money to conduct research, and typically pharmaceutical companies do help sponsor some of the research. The story goes so far to imply FDA approval can likely be bought.
Unbiased research is a cornerstone of our industry, and the livestock industry must continue to do R&D to bring high quality products to the market. Unfortunately, the article does not give researchers the opportunity to share their side of the story. But what else would we expect from Food & Water Watch.
Our southern friends seem to have the opposite problem. Little red meat research is being done my Meat and Livestock Australia, and the country’s ABC news says no major breakthroughs have happened for cattle production in 10 years.
We get dizzy thinking of all the new livestock technology introduced in the U.S. in the last decade. Sad to say our friends down south don’t reap similar benefits.
The Other Side of COOL
Last week folks on both sides of the COOL issue waited with bated breath to her a newly-robed District Judge’s ruling. But it was quite anti-climatic to hear "I’ll think about it." Much of the reporting on COOL in mainstream media is on the "pro" side of the debate, highlighting customers "need to know." But Policio does examine some points on both sides of the fence in this story.
California Wildfire Hits Home
As a cattleman, if you’ve ever fought a wildfire, you know how devastating it can be on your business. Injured and dead cattle. Missing cattle. Burned fences. No grass to graze. NBC News says our friends in California are realizing those facts all too well as the Yosemite fire gnaws away at precious grazing. More than 4,000 head called the Stanislaus National Forest home. There’s no quick fix to this one, and experts say the regional cattle industry there will take a big hit.