The good folks at the Animal Welfare Institute spent three years studying meat labels and have concluded 80% of them are worthless, which is about as useful as saying small amounts of saliva swallowed over long periods of time causes cancer. Specifically, AWI criticizes USDA for allowing companies to call their meat products "Humanely Raised and Handled," or "Sustainably Farmed," when USDA can't adequately document such claims.
More accurately, USDA can't document the claims to suit AWI, largely because "humanely raised" and "sustainably farmed" mean different things to different people. So, if there is no concrete definition, there can't be enforceable regulations, and that's unacceptable to a group such as AWI that claims, "one of our greatest areas of emphasis is cruel animal factories, which raise and slaughter pigs, cows, chickens and other animals."
Worst States to be a Farm Animal
If you're reading this newsletter, it's likely you live in one of the best states to be a farm animal. That's our opinion, of course, based on our experience visiting farms and ranches throughout the Heartland. Unfortunately, that view is not shared by everyone. Indeed, there's a boisterous flock of bran-eaters who believe you torture your animals and that you "go to great lengths to hide animal abuse." Hogwash, of course, but here's the list of the 5 worst states to be a farm animal, according to TheDodo.com.
"Pro-Climate Action" vs. "Anti-Science"
Did you notice the political winds are heating up? November's mid-term elections are about five months away, but the money is starting to flow, and climate change is one of the hot-button topics. This week "green" billionaire Tom Steyer's plans were announced to funnel $50 million into campaigns to support climate-friendly political candidates and attack the climate-deniers. The national media is hoping for a money-slinging fight between Steyer and the Koch brothers.
Warm Up The Grill! Send us Photos!
We grill beef year-round, but Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer grilling. To provide our urban friends some grilling tips, South Dakota State University meats specialist Keith Underwood shares some of his favorite non-traditional beef options.
If you're baling hay or working cattle this weekend, you may not have time to kick back on the patio. But if you do, and you're grilling beef, send us a photo. We'll post them online next week.