It’s not news when Hollywood bends the facts to make a good movie. But cancel one that is false, inflammatory and pretty damned dangerous? Expect some serious outrage. That Robert DeNiro pulled the screening of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” from the Tribeca Film Festival should be viewed as a triumph of science and reasoned thought.
That’s not how we would describe those who have added DeNiro to their conspiracy theories and are accusing him of censorship.
“Vaxxed” is a controversial documentary (using that term loosely) about childhood vaccinations directed by Andrew Wakefield, the quack who is the originator of the widely discredited study linking the MMR vaccination with autism.
Wakefield subsequently lost his medical license, which has not stopped him from promoting his dangerous ideas. DeNiro put the film on the list to be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, but “reversed course after reviewing the film with colleagues and experts.” DeNiro has an autistic son, but said in a statement that “Vaxxed” does not “contribute to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”
Pot OK, Rain Barrels Not
Colorado residents can sit on their patio smoking marijuana, but they can’t catch the rain that runs off their roof in a barrel. In fact, Colorado is the only state in America that bans the use of rain barrels. It’s complicated. The state says that the rain and snow that falls into a citizen’s yard must be allowed to flow unimpeded into waterways.
One might think a proposed new law that would allow residents to capture 110 gallons (two barrels) of rainwater for gardens and such would sail through the state legislature.
Nope. There’s no bipartisan support for such silliness in Colorado.
Fat Is Back
The quest for “chemical-free purity” by many in the millennial generation is leading to a big, fat renaissance for beef tallow, butter and lard. While animal fat was identified as a major culprit of obesity and heart disease, recent research has questioned those theories. Scientists may take their time determining a definitive answer, because folks who like tasty food like frying with ingredients like duck fat, which is becoming popular with chefs. Beef tallow is also on the comeback trail for use cooking French fries.
New Antibiotic Rules For 2017
The use and distribution of antibiotics in animal agriculture is changing and producers of all sizes need to begin preparing to adapt in the coming year. Focusing on the one-health concept of combating antibiotic resistance, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to ensure the judicious use of humanly medically important antibiotics. Changes include eliminating the growth promotion use of human medically important antibiotics and expanding the list of feed-grade antibiotics classified as Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs.