Honey Bees Are The Bomb!
Mine Sweeping Bees
Croatian researchers are developing a new tool to locate the estimated 250,000 mines buried in the war torn region: honey bees! Honey bees are too light to trigger the devices and they can be trained to hunt for TNT. Read more
GE Wheat? We haven't Got Any GE Wheat...or Do We?
USDA Discovers GE Wheat
USDA officials are investigating the discovery of Genetically engineered wheat found in Oregon. Monsanto was authorized to field test the Roundup Ready wheat in 16 states from 1998- 2005 but Monsanto withdrew it’s application in 2004. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services emphasized that this wheat doesn’t pose a food safety concern. The FDA stated that the GE wheat variety was as safe as any non-GE wheat currently on the market.
Monsanto issued this statement:
“The glyphosate-tolerance gene used in Roundup Ready wheat has a long history of safe use. The gene that was used in Roundup Ready wheat also produces the same protein that has been and is used widely in corn, soy and several other crops by millions of farmers throughout the world.”
My wise and wonderful grandmother use to say, “Right is right even if no one does it. Wrong is wrong even if everyone does it.” I think those words perfectly apply here. Just because millions of farmers world wide are using a product doesn’t mean it’s a safe or that it's a good product.
Educational Farm Tours Take a Hit
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that farmers who host educational farm visits may be liable for personal injuries.
Agent Orange Corn
Dow AgriSciences announced the launch of Enlist corn which is resistant to 2,4-D. Dow expects the first sales of Enlist corn in 2013 with a planting date of 2014.
Our customers are the best! They're informed, educated and always willing to share. Here are some links they've sent us....
Cattle Quiz: What cattle eat
Click on the links to see what some farmers are feeding their livestock.
Cattle are ruminants. Ruminants eat grass, at least they should. Here's a simple quiz to test your knowledge. If you guess correctly you should become a cattle farmer, we need common sense producers.
1. Cows eat...
If you guessed 'A' you're one smart cookie! However, both B and C are being used as cattle feed. The biggest shocker is that University scientists and veterinarians aren't admonishing these alternative feed practices, they're studying them Read more here
2. Cattle's rumens are designed to digest...
b. Gummy worms
e. All of the above
I tried to throw you off with the potato chips. If you guessed 'A' you're right again, kind of. These day's 'All of the above' (excluding 'A' as an answer) might be correct. Grass is very expensive, especially if it's on ground that could have gone into corn production so cheaper alternatives are being fed to cattle at an alarming rate.
3. Cattle need _____________ to thrive...
c. Sawdust, antibiotics, hormone implants
d. Potato chips, antibiotics, hormone implants
If you guessed 'A' congratulations again! You might know more about feeding cattle than some farmers. Don't you feel smarter already?
Sunday, February 3, 2013 is Souper Bowl Sunday. Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday is more than the day of the big game; it’s a game changer in your community. Local churches across the country ask you to remember the hungry with a $1.00 donation. Soup kettles will be placed at participating church entrances. All the money collected goes to your local food bank. If your church would like to participate or if you are hosting a football party please feel free to register and ask guests to donate. Click the logo to register
Politically Correct NFL
The National Football League recently announced a new era. From now on, no offensive team names will be permitted. While the owners of the teams rush to change uniforms and such, the National Football League announced, yesterday, its name changes and schedules for next season:
- The Washington Native Americans will host the New York Very Tall People on opening day.
- Other key games include the Dallas Western-style Laborers hosting the St Louis Wild Endangered Species, the Minnesota Plundering Norsemen taking on the Green Bay Meat Industry Workers.
- In week 2, there are several key matchups, highlighted by the showdown between the San Francisco Precious Metal Enthusiasts and the New Orleans Very Godly People.
- The Atlanta Birds of Prey will host the Philadelphia Birds of Prey, while the Seattle Birds of Oceanic Prey will host the Phoenix Male Finches.
- The Monday night game will pit the Miami Delphinus Food Fishes against the Denver Untamed Beasts of Burden.
- The Cincinnati Large Bangladeshi Carnivorous Mammals will travel to Tampa Bay for a clash with the West Indies Free Looters in week 9.
- Week 9 also features the Indianapolis Young Male Horses at the New England Zealous Lovers of Country.
- Grass-fed, organically raised cows produce milk and beef that have significantly higher amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and other important nutrients. source: Food Chemistry
-More than half of supermarket multi-buy promotions are for high-fat or high-sugar foods, despite the fact that health advice dictates these should not make up more than 7% of our diet.
source: National Consumer Council
-In the United States Livestock consumes more than 7 times as much grain as is consumed directly by the country's entire human population.
source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
-Mice fed genetically modified food experienced significantly reduced fertility. source: Australian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
What's in the Water?
The EPA released a 307 page report, noting that all wells downstream from five dairies in the lower Yakima Valley in Oregon are significantly contaminated with nitrates, bovine antibiotics and other pollutants from confinement dairy runoff. These dairies create as much pollution as 3.1 million people - more than 13 times the entire population of Yakima County.
Wisdom vs Knowledge:
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit...
Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad.
For the first time in human history, overeating is now more of a global threat than hunger. More than 3 million deaths in 2010 were attributable to excess body weight, three times the death rate due to malnutrition, according to the medical journal The Lancet. The Times (UK)
Eat this App
America now has more computer software engineers than farmers. More than 1 million people are trying to make a living writing apps and other software. The New York Times