USA Today reports that the White House is already threatening to veto the House version of the farm bill because the administration believes the cuts on SNAP are too deep. The White House said the food stamp program is "a cornerstone of our nation’s food assistance safety net."
Don't Feed the Bears
An Alaskan man never got this memo. While the man was camping, barbecuing and drinking beer, a large (and hungry) black bear decided to crash the party. When the man encountered the bear, he threw it a piece of meat. Bad move, according to the New York Daily News. The bear didn’t kill the man, but now the man could be charged with illegally feeding wildlife...as if his horror, bumps and bruises weren’t punishment enough.
Severe Storms Often Lead to 'Hardware Disease'
Tom Troxel from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says that tornadoes and other strong wind events can spread debris, which can "set the stage for ‘hardware disease.’" He says after a severe weather event it’s important for ranchers to cautiously inspect all the fields where their cattle are being grazed. According to Troxel, if cattle ingest the hardware it can lead to perforations in the organs that might lead to infections and scarring. Learn about the symptoms in this story from the Magnolia Reporter.
Check Your Freezer: Ground Beef Recall
National Beef Packing Co. has been forced to recall nearly 23,000 lbs. of raw ground beef products potentially contaminated by E. coli, according the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The Fickle Food Stamp Debate
Learn more about the situation in this blog from Harvest Media.
Fat Is Now a Disease
According to the New York Times, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. The Times essentially says this is a semantic issue considering there isn’t a universally agreed upon definition of disease. Now, instead of moms prescribing more vegetables and 60 minutes of play to keep their children healthy, doctors can diagnose this disease and prescribe counseling, drugs and even surgery.
Behind the Fluffy Cows
How did all this fluffy cow business come about anyway?
Red Meat Increases Diabetes Risk
A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine shows that people who increase their red meat serving by more than a half serving a day had a 48% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a four-year period, writes USA Today. The study also showed that eating more red meat was linked to increased weight gain. After some of the delicious steaks we've grilled, we'll take our chances.
A Rising Interest in Grass-Fed Beef
Learn how these ranchers have made their mark on the beef industry.
Track Your Macca’s
A new app from McDonald’s in Australia attempts to help frame their business as leaders in the farm-to-table movement, reports Time Magazine. The app, called TrackMyMacca’s (named after the Australian nickname for McDonald's), provides users with origin information of everything from beef patty to tomato slice. The app also showcases some of the farmers who grow those products for Mcdonald’s. The app’s only criticism so far? It pinpoints and records the user's exact location, time and date in order to provide accurate source information. Kind of creepy!