Sep 18, 2014
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Grazing the Net

RSS By: Greg Henderson and Friends, Beef Today

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

Vermont's Welfare Lawyers

May 01, 2014

Calling Vermont's new GMO labeling law "problematic" is an understatement. In fact, the new law seems to be Vermont's effort to ensure lawyers are never without work.

Vermont planted this legal minefield when state legislators created multiple exemptions to the law. For instance, Vermont dairy cows can eat all the GMOs they want, but the milk from those cows is exempt from GMO labeling. Further, the milk from those GMO-fed cows can still be certified organic and used in yogurt. Except, that makes Vermont's bill in violation of the Food and Drug Administration's definition of organic.

However, there appears to be a smidge of common sense among the state legislators who drafted this crazy law – the bill includes an $8 million legal fund to defend the new protocol if necessary.

We call that the Vermont lawyer subsidy.

Got Milk, Comrade?

Spend any time around America's rodeo circuit and you'll likely hear a brash young cowboy claim, "I can ride anything with hair on it." This story suggests your response should be, "Yeah, but can you milk it?" Located in the Russian city of Kostroma is a sanatorium renowned for producing a cure for peptic ulcers. It is moose milk – high in butterfat, loaded with double the amount of essential amino acids as cow's milk and full of lypozyme – an enzyme that kills ulcer-creating bacteria. The sanatorium sources their milk supply from nearby Sumarokovo Moose Farm. And there's only one way to milk a moose.

Jobs for Out-Of-Work Environmentalists

Thirty-years in the future the nonprofit environmental sector will be kaput – or so Erik Assadourian assumes with his satirical list of future jobs for out-of-work enviros. His top 10 includes small-scale farmer, of course, and teacher and taxi driver. He also adds trash miner, which is sifting through a mix of food waste, toxic household chemical residues and other refuse to keep unwanted items out of landfills. He also lists eco-preacher, which is exactly what you think it is, and urban forager, which with a little training will enable you to make acorn flour pancakes. It's a tossup, but we would rather listen to an eco-preacher for an hour than be forced to eat acorn pancakes.

Record Day For Feeder Cattle

Feeder-cattle futures surged to a record and headed for the longest rally in 22 years as U.S. ranchers sent fewer animals to slaughter, signaling an increase in beef costs that already are the highest ever.

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