Grazing the Net: Stinky science

The growing chorus from environmental activists pins much of the blame for climate change on livestock production. In fact, Denmark's Council on Ethics is calling for a "climate tax" on red meat, action they believe is an "effective response to climate-damaging foods."

Misplaced priorities, according to air quality specialist and UC Davis animal science professor Frank Mitloehner. "Both globally and in the U.S., energy production and use, as well as the transportation sectors, are the largest anthropogenic contributors of greenhouse gasses (GHG), which are believed to drive climate change," Mitloehner writes in a new blog post, "Livestock and Climate Change: Facts and Fiction."

To combat climate change, Mitloehner argues we should divorce "political fiction from scientific facts around the quantification of GHG from all sectors of society." He says scientists have quantified the impacts of livestock production in the U.S., which accounts for 4.2 percent of all GHG emissions, very far from the 18-51 percent range that advocates often cite.

Tarnished tacos

In addition to revenue declines of 23% in the first quarter, Chipotle's "reputation score" suffered after the food safety events last fall sickened customers in several states. In fact, Chipotle has gone from first to worst when compared to its closest rivals.

Moe's Southwestern Grill and Jack in the Box Inc.'s Qdoba ranking higher than Chipotle, according to WD Partners and Nation's Restaurant News.

Last year Chipotle had the best reputation among Mexican limited-service chains.

Silly sandals

We seldom comment about fashion, because...

well, if George Strait wouldn't wear it we're probably not interested. We admit, however, we've seen lots of folks wearing stuff they actually paid for that are just plain silly. That's how we would describe cowboy boot sandals, the brainchild of Scotty Franklin.

The footwear is what you would expect "if a drunk cowboy took scissors to his own boots to customize them for the summer heat." Franklin is touting them as a "hot new fashion trend," but we have our doubts any sober cowboy would wear them. Check out the links to fully grasp the wacky idea.

Mexico warns about clenbuterol

Mexico is watching out for the banned steroid clenbuterol — on the dinner plates of its athletes. Some Mexican ranchers have been known to use clenbuterol

to help increase meat yields, even though it is prohibited. Mexico's national sports commission, Conade, said Wednesday that coaches are keeping a special watch on meat supplied to athletes ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games.


Latest News

Program Helps Give Calves A Healthy Edge

Purina Animal Nutrition introduces Purina® Plus, an innovative feeder calf program, which aims to help cattle producers supply high-value, low-risk feeder calves to the marketplace.

Adding Up Pennies

The “Discovering True Carcass Value Webinar” sponsored by Certified Angus Beef will explore cutout values and how CAB carcasses add value beyond Choice.

Rana Creek Ranch
Glenn Selk: Riding Off Into The Sunset

Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Glenn Selk announces he is handing over publication of future Cow-Calf Newsletters to other OSU beef specialists.

Gearhart Ranch
NCBA Delivers State of the Industry Address

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spokesmen gave an update on the state of the industry and priority issues in Washington, D.C. that may affect cattlemen during the group’s virtual Winter Reboot conference.

Pilgrim’s Pride Agrees To Price-Fixing Fine

Pilgrim's Pride, the nation's second-largest poultry processor, entered a guilty plea to federal charges of price-fixing and bid-rigging, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

Setting Expectations Smooths the Path for Succession Planning with Off-Farm Heirs

At this year’s Top Producer Online Summit, Rena Striegel shared her key tips to make this transition easier for all involved.