FEAST: We applaud the 107 Nobel laureates who are trying to knock some sense into Greenpeace.
The activist organization has opposed genetically modified organisms’ (GMO) use in modern agriculture, a position that a collection of the finest scientists, researchers and physicians in the world say will endanger some of the most vulnerable populations on the planet.
In a letter to Greenpeace, the 107 signatories noted that a genetically engineered strain of rice — aptly named “Golden Rice” — will help reduce Vitamin A deficiencies that are causing blindness and death in children in the developing world.
“We’re scientists. We understand the logic of science. It’s easy to see what Greenpeace is doing is damaging and is anti-science,” Chief Scientific Officer of New England Biolabs Richard Roberts told The Washington Post. “Greenpeace initially, and then some of their allies, deliberately went out of their way to scare people. It was a way for them to raise money for their cause.”
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Greenpeace dismisses the Nobel laureates’ concerns, preferring instead to continue raising blood money on its anti-GMO stance.
FAMINE: Chipotle has announced it will make its first foray into the burger wars by launching its newly minted “Tasty Made” outlet in central Ohio.
We won’t belabor the point other than to note that the geniuses behind Chipotle (with 410 reported food-borne illnesses and counting in the last two years) now want to work with raw ground beef — what could possibly go wrong?
The news is not all bad for Ohio: It could certainly be a boon for businesses … particularly local health care providers, a.k.a. emergency rooms.
FEAST: Largely urbanized Waukesha, Wis., is not the first place a person thinks of when pondering “America’s Dairyland.” But farmer Tom Oberhaus and his Cozy Nook Farm have spent decades bringing farming to interested youth.
For 20 years, he’s offered his heifer calves to be shown at the local county fair by area 4-H youths — many of whom do so despite having no previous agricultural background. Only one youth participated the first year Oberhaus offered his animals. Today, entire clubs work with his herd.
“It was our intention to have a big family and God decided that one (child) was all we needed,” Oberhaus told “Daily Herd Management.”
“This is kind of our way to give our love of the dairy industry to a whole lot of kids.”
Oberhaus is bringing the world of agriculture to the next generation. Hats off to him.
FAMINE: The Flint Water Crisis continues to grab headlines as three more Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) employees are now facing criminal charges.
However, a grassroots agricultural watchdog organization “CAFOS Watching CAFO Watchers” raises a pertinent question: “One needs to wonder what responsibility ‘environmental’ groups like Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan (ECCSCM) will take in this mess? They were so busy harassing the DEQ to chase windmills — trying to put sustainable, rural Michigan farmers out of business — that the government agency couldn’t realistically focus on the REAL issues like Flint.”
State watchdogs have a legal obligation to follow up on complaints raised by ECCSCM and other anti-farm militants who exploit the regulatory process in (failed) efforts to find anything that might give farmers a black eye.
But CWCW’s rhetorical question has merit: Every hour, every staff member the DEQ invested in chasing frivolous complaints was one less resource that could have been used to prevent a genuine health emergency.
Do ECCSCM members have any culpability for wasting taxpayer time, abusing watchdog scrutiny and ultimately endangering Flint’s children?