Archive for the ‘agriculture’ Category

Breeding Burpless Bovines

June 23, 2013

Breeding Burpless Bovines

Methane and other greenhouse gasses are heating up the world’s atmosphere, fueling global warming. 18% of those gases come from the burps and farts of the billions of cows in the vast herds feeding the world’s growing appetite for meat. Face it, Earth’s human population isn’t going to go Vegan, and cow-mounted catalytic converters just don’t cut it. What’s to be done?

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EU Food Imports from China

November 18, 2012

EU Food Imports from China

“Many Germans only realized how much of the food on their plates is harvested and produced in China when thousands of schoolchildren in eastern Germany were afflicted with diarrhea and vomiting two weeks ago in an epidemic thought to have been triggered by Chinese strawberries contaminated with norovirus..”

“…by last Friday, 262 reports on Chinese products had been received in Brussels for 2012 alone. They included noodles infested with maggots, shrimp contaminated with antibiotics, foul-smelling peanuts and candied fruit with an excessively high sulfur content (see graphic).”

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Illegitimate Lunch

August 20, 2012

Illegitimate Lunch

The media are buzzing about remarks by Congressman Todd Akin (R, MO-2) on “Illegitimate Rape,” but few have noticed his comments on “Illegitimate Lunch.” Missouri Republican Akin, a member of the Tea Party Caucus and candidate for the U.S. Senate, recently repeated his belief that the federal government should not subsidize school lunches for poor children. He made these comments after a hearty meal at the 60th annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair.

Update:

“Todd Akin Claims Federal School Lunch Programs Do Not ‘Fall Within the Framework of Our United States Constitution.’” Ian Millhiser, Nation of Change

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EPA Drones Spy on American Farmers! Not.

June 18, 2012

EPA Drones Spy on American Farmers! Not.

The Environmental Protection Agency is using killer drone aircraft to spy on innocent farmers in America’s Heartland, according to the Daily Caller, Fox News, and Tea Party congressmen. “Send In The Drones: Obama Spies On America” screamed an Investor’s Business Daily editorial.

Just one thing. It isn’t true.

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Chickens Rule!

May 24, 2012

Chickens Rule!
Great cover story in the current Smithsonian magazine:

“How did the chicken achieve such cultural and culinary dominance? It is all the more surprising in light of the belief by many archaeologists that chickens were first domesticated not for eating but for cockfighting. Until the advent of large-scale industrial production in the 20th century, the economic and nutritional contribution of chickens was modest.”

– “How the Chicken Conquered the World,” Jerry Adler and Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian

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St. Pratie’s Day

March 17, 2012

St. Pratie's Day

St. Patrick is a patron of Ireland. March 17th, the liturgical Feast of St. Patrick, almost always occurs during the Lenten fast. Think about it.

And think about the potato (Solanum tuberosum; Gaelic “práta,” anglicized to “pratie“). Successful introduction of this New World crop bolstered the Irish countryside; the crop failures of the Potato Famine sent Irishmen to America; the Irish-American secular observance of St. Patrick’s Day was exported back to Ireland. Faith and Begorrah! And you thought “Globalization’ was new.

Read Gregory McNamee’s excellent post on the Britannica blog, and stop by the Potato Museum on your way back from the pub.

Sure an’ all, wee Mr. Potato Head® is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc.,  used here under the “satire” provision of the Fair Use doctrine, dontcha know.  Mr. Head is a Yank “Baby Boomer,” but clean the paidrín up and he makes a proper little leprechaun.

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Food Fight @ Busboys & Poets February 13th

February 7, 2012

Food Fight @ Busboys & Poets February 13th

February 13, 2012 6:30 pm
Busboys & Poets Bookstore
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-POET

Daniel Imhoff will discuss and sign Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill in the Langston Room at B&P. Free and open to all.

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Ring Out the Old: Corn Ethanol Subsidy Dies

January 14, 2012

Ring Out the Old: Corn Ethanol Subsidy

Death notice: U.S. Corn Ethanol Production Subsidy, age 30. Expired on December 31, 2011. Unmourned by all but the most callous corn lobbyists. Subsidies added costs to fuel and groceries, put more Americans on food stamps, and increased world hunger and starvation. Good politics in Iowa, though.

“Over the past 30 years, the federal government has given an estimated $45 billion to the corn industry to help support ethanol production. In 2011 alone, those subsidies totaled about $6 billion, or about 45 cents for every gallon of ethanol. “

– Bruce Watson, AOL Daily Finance

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Christmas Dinner

December 25, 2011

Christmas Dinner
Ah, Christmas. “On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Vixen.” On the table, that is. What could be a more perfect Christmas dinner than venison? Pudding for “afters,” of course.

In North America, wild reindeer are called “caribou.” Whatever you call deer, moose, or elk, their meat is called “venison.” Reindeer are raised for meat in Finland, Russia, and other cold places. North American caribou meat producers include Canada’s Kivalliq Arctic Foods. Reindeer farms in Alaska and Michigan harvest meat, but most reindeer farms in the Lower 48 rent out their beasts for holiday displays and don’t send them to Santa’s abattoir.

Have a Merry, meaty Christmas.

Recipes:

“Christmas Venison,” Rebecca Gray, via Bonnie Brae Farms

“Roast Venison,” Recipes.com

“Christmas Venison Recipes,” Scott Harris, Scott’s Ravings

Cookbook:Venison, WikiBooks.org

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M-m-m-m, Horsemeat!

December 2, 2011

M-m-m-m, Horsemeat!

It took special efforts to get the U.S. government to fund food safety measures to prevent fatal food poisoning, but another food inspection program just galloped through Congress. Legislators passed a bill allowing federal government inspection of horsemeat for human consumption. Hi Yo Silver! Pony slaughterhouses ride again.

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