By special guest blogger Steve Cornett, Beef Today editor emeritus
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples' op-ed opposing yucky food Mondays in Texas schools succeeded primarily in stirring the next of the media's anti-meat hornets. Here's what they're buzzing about:
Grist: Texas Freaking Out About School 'Meatless Monday'
Slate: No, 'Meatless Monday' is Not an Evil Vegetarian Plot
The Slate article is particularly wrong-headed, including this attempt to blame diabetes on meat:
"This is a message that kids should be receiving. According to the 2011 National Survey of Children's Health, nearly one-third of American kids are either overweight or obese, a classification linked to Type 2 diabetes and myriad other health problems."
It would be nice if more reporters knew more. May we suggest they look at the graphs in this article. Haven't any of these folks noticed that the more they've scared Americans away from meat, the fatter Americans have become?
A group of groups is asking Secretary Vilsack to do one of those administrative executive order deals to lock the National Cattlemen's Beef Association away from the beef checkoff trough.
Desliming Pink Slime
Newsweek has a loooong piece offering some faint praise to beef's food safety record.
Don't Drink Whisky
Save it! That would seem to be the lesson offered by this CNN piece. If only we had known.
More of Steve's Finds
The organic food business continues to grow.
He Apparently Had No Shovel
But it was ok. You don’t have to—legal-wise, at least—hide the evidence in Texas. Neighbor-relations wise, maybe not so much.
Feral Cows in Paradise
This guy would seem to have the best job in the world.
They're finding fewer pesticides in the water. So there's a fat chance EPA will back off.
This website calls this hamburger "gross" and we have no defense.
Seeking an Anonymous Spitter
This steakhouse wants to know which of its former employees was spitting in the food. Seems a fair request, no?