President Barack Obama visited Texas over the weekend, speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser held at the cowboy honky-tonk Gilley’s Dallas where he told supporters “America is pretty darn great right now.”
For much of his speech, Obama outlined his administration’s achievements. “We’ve been busy,” he said. “We’ve been as busy as a one-eyed dog in a smokehouse.” But, many Texans want to know, what does the president look like in a cowboy hat? They got a glimpse when Obama tried on the black felt Justin hat belonging to supporter David Espinosa, a 28-year-old Democrat and the youngest person ever elected to the Grand Prairie school board.
“It’s a thing to remember,” Espinosa said of the incident. “It’s unbelievable.” After his speech, Obama attended a fundraising reception for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Free-Range For Fido
It’s not a business partnership that’s likely to rock Wall Street, but the new agreement between Superior Farms Pet Provisions and Mary’s Pet Food from Pitman Farms says a lot about the gullible American consumer.
In fact, it’s a partnership Food Babe and Dr. Oz should adore. That’s because Superior Farms Pet Provisions markets “natural and wholesome” pet treats, which aligns well with the “organic chicken and free-range duck and turkey” raw pet food from Mary’s Pet Foods. You read that right, they’re offering organic and free-range dog food. But wait, there’s more! Mary’s Pet Food is also “grain and gluten free,” (yes, gluten free) and their all-life-stage diet for dogs also uses “all organic fruits and vegetables.” There’s no mention of price, but we’re guessing their products are not targeted to ranch dogs.
More than half the calories in the average American diet come from “ultraprocessed” food, which also accounts for nearly 90% of all added sugars.
That’s the findings of a new study published in the journal BMJ Open conducted by scientists at University of Sao Paolo. This ultraprocessed classification includes foods such as breads; soft drinks, fruit drinks and milk-based drinks; cakes, cookies and pies; salty snacks; frozen foods; and pizza and breakfast cereals. The study also found Americans get less than 1% of their daily calories from vegetables.
That’s not a good thing, according to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends that calories from sugars should account for no more than 10% of a person's daily calories. For someone who eats 2,000 calories a day, this would mean no more than 200 calories should be from added sugars.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
Oklahoma State University extension economist Derrell Peel says the “political decision makers” don’t realize the importance of market data that helps “ensure efficient agricultural markets and a steady supply of affordable food.” He says the decision by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to suspend the July Cattle report is the latest example. It’s a constant battle, he says, “to fend off repeated and pervasive attempts to chip away at a wide variety of agricultural data.”