Daily Archives: November 17, 2006

Book dispels many of the outlandish and irresponsible claims some organic promoters are making

Book dispels many of the outlandish and irresponsible claims some organic promoters are making


(November 2, 2006) St. Louis, MO. Henderson Communications LLC announces it has published the new book “The Truth About Organic Foods.” Copies of the book are now available.

The author of the book is Alex Avery, Director of Research and Education for the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues. Avery earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Old Dominion. He was a McKnight Research Fellow at Purdue University until starting with Hudson in 1994.

Since then, Avery has written several Hudson White Papers on food safety and environmental impacts of farming, and has been published on food and farming matters in scientific journals such as the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Science, and Environmental Health Perspectives. In addition, he has written dozens of op-eds published in such newspapers as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Des Moines Register. He has also made appearances discussing organic foods on Fox News, CNNfn, and Penn & Teller’s show on Showtime.


NMA: New Movie A Fast Food Fiction

NMA: New Movie A Fast Food Fiction


OAKLAND, CA – The truth about the meat industry is far removed from the dark portrait the motion picture Fast Food Nation paints.

Fast Food Nation holds that meatpacking is the most dangerous job in the United States. Yet, the annual listing of the top ten most dangerous jobs does not include an entry for meatpacking.

This Fast Food Fiction also claims that ground beef is contaminated by high levels of pathogens, but government reports show that isn’t the case.

So, what are the real facts?


Texas Longhorn sets record at competition

Texas Longhorn sets record at competition

Newark Advocate (OH)

BARNSVILLE — The Dickinson Cattle Co. Inc, of Barnsville, set a new record for the length of horns on a Texas Longhorn cow during the 17th annual International Texas Longhorn Association Championship show from Oct. 19-21 in Harrisonburg, Va.

Shadow Jubilee’s horns measured 79 1/8 inches from tip to tip at the Call of the Horns competition, thus earning the 6-year-old cow the championship title.

ITLA show records show no cow age six or younger ever has had horns that measured more than 79 inches across.


Tests can Determine if Cattle are Infected with BVD

Tests can Determine if Cattle are Infected with BVD

by: Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Ever since scientists discovered the BVD virus, researchers have been trying to find ways to help cattle producers detect and prevent the disease. A modified live virus vaccine was developed more than 30 years ago, giving ranchers their first good weapon to protect susceptible animals. Vaccination is not effective however, in PI (persistently infected cattle); since their immune system does not recognize the virus as foreign, they cannot produce immunity to the virus. Scientists also worked on ways to test cattle to find out if they are infected, in order to detect PI cattle so they can be removed from the herd.


Afghan Immigrant Becomes American Cowboy

Afghan Immigrant Becomes American Cowboy

By Bogdan Wojciechowski

Voice of America

There are many cowboys in America. But Miran Fareed is unique because he comes from Afghanistan. This immigrant does not live in the western U.S. like most American cowboys, but on the east coast in the state of Virginia. VOA’s Jim Bertel narrates this report.

Cowboys practicing team roping is a common occurrence in Midwestern states like Texas or Oklahoma, where ranchers use these skills to catch cattle for branding or medical check-ups. But in the eastern state of Virginia, barely a one-hour drive from Washington D.C., it is somewhat unusual.


Maternal Block vs. Vaccines in Livestock

Maternal Block vs. Vaccines in Livestock

Protecting Young Cattle Could Save Producers Millions

High Plains Journal

OMAHA (DTN) — Using of a virus linked to the common cold is among the approaches that scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are using to bypass maternal defenses that thwart vaccination of very young livestock, according to a news release from the agency.

Maternal antibodies are crucial to the offspring of animals such as cattle and swine, which are born with no protective antibodies of their own. These young get their immunity to disease from suckling colostrum, a protective substance in their mother’s milk, during the first 24 to 36 hours after birth. But these maternal antibodies also fight off virus strains that are placed in vaccines to initiate immunity against disease.


If You Go: Architecture students tackle stockyards issue

If You Go: Architecture students tackle stockyards issue

Lexington Herald-Leader

We are a state that celebrates the horse and hides the cow, says Beth Hunter, a University of Kentucky student who has given this cultural bias a lot of thought.

Look at our license plates, our street names, our state slogan. Where are the tributes to cattle?

‘Cattle are basically ignored, but they have a pretty big impact,’ Hunter said.

She is one of half a dozen students in an advanced architecture class who are spending a semester studying the Blue Grass Stockyards as it tries to relocate from just west of downtown Lexington.

They produced an exhibit called Stock Exchange that opens tonight at ArtsPlace on North Mill Street as part of the Gallery Hop.