Any day now we expect the NFL to add a vegan test to its “concussion protocol.” Too many hard hits is the only explanation we have for the sudden spike in quarterbacks that have become vegans. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced that he and his girlfriend, Nessa, have gone vegan.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers announced in June that he swore off cheese, which was a scandal in Wisconsin that eclipsed Deflategate.
Then there’s Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, the one with the four Super Bowl rings and the Brazilian model for a wife. You know, just your average guy. According to Forbes, “Tom Brady wants you to eat like him –– provided you also have his bank account. Just three months after releasing a $200 cookbook, Brady is now selling his own brand of vegan snacks.”
The snacks come in 1.4 to 1.75-ounce boxes of 12 packs that sell for $50, which Forbes accurately says would disqualify “anyone who can’t afford beachfront property in Santa Monica from enjoying their dairy-free excellence.” Men’s Health magazine also criticized Brady’s diet and training because it is managed by Alex Guerrero, who is not a nutritionist or doctor.
“Guerrero did, however, get in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for pretending to be a doctor on TV while trying to sell a greens supplement that ‘cured terminal cancer.’”
Wagyu bubble to burst?
It isn’t often you hear a cattle producer complain about a record beef price, but in Japan cattlemen are struggling with the high price of Wagyu-influenced cattle and what a market downturn could mean.
Cattle prices are up as much as 80% from five years ago with a recent auction reaching $5,090 per dairy-Wagyu cross. Traditional beef cattle raisers aren’t happy with a current trend in the dairy industry that has seen 51% of dairy cows bred with artificial insemination to Wagyu genetics.
Complicating the problem in Japan is an aging agricultural workforce where two-thirds of the farmers are more than 65 years old.
All-animal rights in the family
A family of animal rights activists has come under fire from farmers in New Zealand after they allegedly stole a calf. Earlier this July during a winter storm (remember we’re in the opposite Hemisphere), a father and daughter found a dairy calf on the side of the road. The father says he tried finding some cows or a nearby farmer to leave it with. When no immediate home could be found the family took home the calf and named it Daisy. Fellow vegan, animal rights activist Anne Robson, shared the story of the calf and family on social media and it instantly captured the attention of farmers. The father tells NZ Farmer that people are taking things out of context and making "vegans look like criminals."
Beef Products Inc drops targets
Meat processor Beef Products Inc has dropped more than half the defendants from a lawsuit over its allegations that TV network ABC and others defamed a meat filler critics have dubbed "pink slime." The company, known as BPI, removed ABC's news division, reporter David Kerley, two former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and a former BPI employee from the lawsuit, according to documents signed by a South Dakota Circuit Court judge on Wednesday.