Did Chipotle just hire Food Babe as a public relations consultant? That’s how it appears as the burrito chain doubles down on the hypocrisy of its slogan, “food with integrity.” This week Chipotle announced all of its menu items are GMO-free, citing “safety” as the compelling reason. We say that’s hogwash, and the The Los Angeles Times agrees, saying the decision “is rooted either in ignorance or in crass profit-seeking at the expense of science.” Ouch! The Washington Post said Chipotle’s global propaganda campaign “is not only contrary to the best scientific knowledge but also potentially harmful to vulnerable populations around the world.” New York Magazine said Chipotle’s anti-GMO policy “represents the same sort of anti-science pandering that helps fuel the anti-vaccine and climate-change-denialism movements.”
Benefits To Being A Lousy Cowboy
Have you noticed it’s less likely for cows with no teeth to over-graze a pasture? That’s one of the top 10 benefits to being a lousy cattleman, according to Mark Parker. Another benefit is that nobody from the county cattlemen’s association pesters you about hosting a stop on the annual tour. Our favorite: “Your high-headed, wide-eyed calves give sale barn cowboys a chance to finally use all their skills.” Read the rest of his Top 10 here.
The Southern Plains and the Southeast saw a good rain this week, but California and much of the West remain in the grips of drought. Ranchers in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., say finding water for their cattle is difficult and the drought is causing a battle over grazing rights for cattle and elk. What happens to ag water? Eventually, people eat and drink it, says Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Nichols Named To Saddle & Sirloin
Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, Iowa, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. The Saddle and Sirloin Gallery was established in 1903, and recognizes one individual each year for their lifetime of exceptional service to the livestock business, both nationally and internationally.