The vegan agenda has led to some tragic incidents involving children. Fortunately, a Florida infant won't suffer the same animal protein deprived fate as several other babies that have passed away due to starvation caused by their vegan parents. Last week Sarah Anne Markham was arrested for child neglect when her pediatrician warned authorities that her 12-day-old baby was dehydrated. Markham refused to feed the child properly and didn't take the doctor's advice to admit the boy into a hospital or receive medicines because "it contained ingredients that came from animals."
Milk comes from mammals like cows, right? Well not anymore thanks to a booming alternative marketplace that has been driven by plants. Consumers can now find soy, rice, almonds, coconut and even hemp versions of milk in the grocery store, which account for 8% of all milk sales. While some of the movement has been caused by consumers who have allergies or suffer from lactose intolerance, another push has been by people who follow vegan diets. The new "Milk Life" campaign hopes to change some of that non-dairy momentum by promoting a fluid that gives 8 grams of protein per serving.
"It really emphasized the benefits that dairy milk had over alternative beverages," says Victor Zaborsky, marketing director for the Milk Processor Education Association.
June Rally Takes Cattle Prices to New Records
Cattlemen will long remember the incredible bull run of 2014. And it may not be over. Cash cattle prices took out highs set back in March this week, a feat few expect from a June market. But this June market is unlike any we've seen before. Much of the rally has been fueled by strong beef demand at a time when market-ready supplies are tighter than expected. Cash fed cattle traded a whopping $4 to $5 per cwt. higher in the South at $154-$155, and $7 per cwt. higher on a dressed basis in the North at $245. Cash fed cattle prices are roughly 25 percent higher than the same time last year.
Chipotle: Tune In
Tune in to "AgriTalk" on Tuesday at 10:06 a.m. CDT to hear Chipotle's point of view.
Chris Arnold, Chipotle's director of communications will join "AgriTalk" to speak about the company's decision to buy Australian beef and their ad campaigns that are seen as anti-agriculture.
Last week Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples went on the show to discuss a sit down that will happen in the near future with Chipotle's founder and Co-CEO Steve Ells. We'll see if either Arnold or Ells will confess to their #ChipotleLies.