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Looks like PETA has got a beef with milk. The animal rights group is currently pushing their agenda by misleading consumers into thinking that drinking milk leads to autism. PETA is using a campaign that incorporates the slogan 'got autism?' and uses information from studies done nearly 20 years ago to back up their claims. This isn't the first time PETA has tried to manipulate milk drinkers into putting down their cartons. Back in 2008 'got autism?' billboards were removed after groups like The Autistic Self Advocacy Network pressured PETA. It just goes to show that an old dog like PETA will always try the same tricks.
China has quite the dependency on foreign oil and mining with more than $200 billion invested in countries like Australia and Argentina. Now the world's most populated country is pouring that kind of investment into something more important: food. Last year firms from China and Hong Kong invested $12.3 billion into foreign food companies like pork industry giant Smithfield Foods Inc. According to Jefferies Group LLC , China has 21% of the world's population with just 9% of its arable land, and an even lesser percentage of fresh water. Continued acquisitions of food companies and commodities will play a big role in feeding the Chinese population.
Lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) or 'pink slime' continues to decline in use thanks largely to the ABC News report that questioned its safety. Just this past fiscal year the National School Lunch Program saw 94% less LFTB in schools. That is 7 million pounds less than last year with schools only purchasing 392,000 pounds of LFTB. Thanks a lot Diane Sawyer. We hope that law suit from Beef Products Inc. is treating you all right. Not.
The Bolivian cattle industry experienced a catastrophic cold spell and floods more devastating than last fall's South Dakota blizzard.
This past week, cattle producers in Bolivia went through a cold swing that saw temperatures dip to 3°F (-16°C). Early reports from Bolivia indicate that at least 60,000 cattle were lost. This comes as an addition to the 84,000 head of cattle that perished during floods earlier in the year. Officials say it could cost the country $1 billion to rebuild the cow herd.