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.
Politicians Can't Win for Trying on Immigration Reform
Jul 23, 2013
Immigration reform is a divisive issue. Or is it? A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows that maybe Americans aren’t that divided. But throw politics in the mix and things get wishy-washy. According to the article from the Post, "The findings also underscore how the legislative battle ahead presents House Republicans with the prospect of satisfying the party’s base at a cost of diminishing the party’s prospects of winning future national elections."
The paper also weighs in on why "The House will not pass the Senate immigration bill."
Meanwhile, more and more people are dying trying to cross illegally into the country. USA Today has the story.
The Fight Is On
PETA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit to overturn Utah’s new law "prohibiting undercover filming while trespassing at farm operations, saying it restricts free expression," says the Huffington Post. General counsel for PETA says, "We hope the court will find against the special interest profiteers who know the public will reject meat and dairy if they see what happens to animals before they end up on a plate," Kerr said. Wait—who’s PETA calling a "special interest profiteer"?
Who Is Ted Turner, Really?
Author Todd Wilkinson just released a new book about the infamous Ted Turner and his "quest to save a troubled planet." Which, as we all know, means buying massive amounts of land and turning buffalo out on it. Wilkinson says he wanted to be disappointed as he interviewed him five times over 10 years as Turner acquired 2 million acres, but ultimately, wasn’t. High Country News asks about the issues we want to know about Turner—and begs the question—is Ted Turner a good guy after all?
Looking to Expand? Try Venezuela.
Apparently, Venezuela has "30 million hectares of prime land with great agriculture potential," reports MercoPress.com. Expect to fight China for it, though. China has been looking to form "alliances and agreements" to feed its booming population, since it has only 7% of the world’s agricultural land. Read more about it, and maybe hope your neighbor doesn’t decide to sell out.
Stay Away from Fruits and Veggies
People are getting sick from eating frozen berries, cucumbers and basil. Barfblog reports that basil used to make pesto may be giving people botulism, frozen berries are still linked to Hepatits A outbreaks, now in Ireland, and 73 Americans got salmonella from cucumbers. We’ll stick to beef. But if you’re still concerned, read the details.