Americans deserve to know what’s in their food. That’s the overriding message from those opposed to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts’ attempt to thwart Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law.
Trouble is, folks won’t believe it when they’re told what’s in their food. Or worse, they listen to Food Babe whose phony food controversies have fueled her popularity. (University of Florida ag scientist Kevin Folta says Food Babe is “fully subscribed to her own deception.”)
Yesterday, Roberts’ bill – referred to by opponents as the DARK Act, Denying Americans the Right to Know – failed to secure the 60 votes needed for cloture. GMO-deniers cheered the outcome. Headlines such as EcoWatch’s “Huge Victory,” and Environmental Working Group’s “Win For Consumers,” gave the impression that America has somehow deflected a giant meteor headed directly toward our $5 Starbucks Cherry Blossom Frappuccino.
The vote, however, is only “a temporary detour in a large effort,” said American Soybean Association president Richard Wilkins. That sentiment was echoed in a statement by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC). “The legislation would have helped avoid a costly patchwork of state labeling laws, increased the information about food available to consumers, and given farmers some certainty as they make future planting decisions.”
Confused About Corned Beef
It’s one of the great American mysteries. How did Americans manage to mix up bacon with corned beef? According to the Irish Times, “when the Famine in the 1840s kicked off a huge wave of emigration to the United States, the Irish folks who arrived stateside found it was pork that was expensive and beef that was cheap. It’s thought that the kosher cured brisket sold by Jewish butchers of New York City became very popular with Irish immigrants, with corned beef replacing bacon as a St Patrick’s Day centrepiece for Irish-American families.”
All of which is quite interesting and totally useless, unless it’s St. Patrick’s Day and you’re suddenly fascinated by “13 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Love Whiskey,” as presented by Buzzfeed.
Cowboy Not a Whistle Blower
Remember the Georgia cowboy that Dr. Oz called a “whistle blower” a couple of weeks ago? His name is Will Harris, a staunch proponent of grass-fed beef, and not so happy with how he was portrayed on the television show. “The description of me as a ‘whistle blower’ is not mine,” Harris told Drovers’ columnist Chuck Jolley. “I have never thought or referred to myself in that way. The Wikipedia definition is certainly not an accurate description of who I am or what I do. That said, I didn’t much care that the Oz folks chose to use that term.”
If your ranch sits in Tornado Alley and you have several stallions worth millions of dollars you make plans for all kinds of emergencies. EE Ranches near Whitsboro, Texas, has a concrete shelter inside one of their barns that can withstand a direct hit from an EF-5 tornado. Ranch manager Steve Adams says the shelter can hold 12 stallions and it is used two or three times a year. The shelter is necessary because, "Several of these horses are worth several million dollars, so it's important that we have the opportunity to protect them," Adams said.