I am the Vice Chairman of the Cattle Health and Wellbeing Committee for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. This is a volunteer position on a national committee which works to ensure good animal health, and the safety of the United States cattle herd. We work with our government (United States Department of Agriculture–USDA) and our veterinarians from all across the country to accomplish our goal....more
The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed yesterday that the nation's fourth case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), which is also known as Mad Cow Disease, was detected in a central California dairy cow....more
Yet why did this report give me pause? Perhaps it's because for me it signals just how much we don't know about the solutions we create. And please don't get me wrong -- I am grateful for those solutions and this is probably not going to stop me from using them again -- but it does get to the heart of the matter. That nothing is without risk. And we need to make our decisions knowing that even if we don't know the risks concretely, they're out there and we always need to weigh in that x-factor when we decide to treat a problem.
The CO2-busting website CarbonRally.com has laid out its latest challenge for eco-gamers entitled Right Now Less Cow. Those that choose to accept the new mission are being asked to give up meat for at least two days this week. The site estimates the two-day meat moratorium will, on average, reduce a participant's carbon footprint by 13.2 lbs.