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Thursday, June 9th, 2005
2:12 pm
The well-honed art of ranting
Ok, I haven't gotten on my soap like this in months. I used to do this all the time on my blog (the Free Voice), but I haven't touched in months because I have been too busy. But this one I have to address. I'll do it here first, then try to publish over there later.

From the AP Wire this morning:
(this is just an excerpt, follow the link to read the whole thing)
House votes to postpone meat labels
Associated Press Writer

Labels telling grocery shoppers where their meat comes from are viewed as a godsend by cattle ranchers and consumers but a nightmare for supermarkets and meatpackers. Packers and retailers won the argument Wednesday as the House voted to block the federal government from requiring country-of-origin labels for meat.

The labels "would present a nightmare" of record-keeping and legal costs that consumers would have to bear, said Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-Texas, who voted against the labeling.

The industry estimates it could cost as much as $4 billion in the first year.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the House Agriculture Committee chairman, said the labels would do the opposite of what was intended, adding $10 per head of cattle to ranchers' costs.

"It will make our producers less competitive with foreign meat producers, not more competitive," said Goodlatte, R-Va.

First off, how is it that this could make US meat products less competitive?! I'm an Ag major, I've studied this stuff. The agricultural industries in the US are the best in the world, and produce the safest product. So how is knowing that a meat product came from the US going to make US consumers less likely to purchase it?

For example: Say you go to two fast food chains that are labelling the country of origin for the hamburgers they sell. One sells only US beef, and the other only purchases beef from South America. If you have a preference, which one are you going to pick?

This isn't as far-fetched as you think, Argentina has a big beef industry that would rival that of the US if it were not for the lack of realiable infrastructure in Argentina.

Another example: If you're like me and enjoy fried (or grilled) catfish, would you not want to know if the restaurants you frequent are actually serving catfish from the US or "catfish" from Asia (they raise a different species over there). This is an issue as well, as there have been firms caught trying to label the Asian product as "fresh farm-raised" and trying to imply that it was of US origin.

As it stands now, consumers in the US for the most part don't know where their meat products are coming from. So what happens the next time there is a major disease outbreak, like BSE/Mad Cow, in another country and consumers want to avoid meat products from that country?

We are faced with the fact that for the most part we do not know where the meat we buy in the store or at restaurants comes from because the meat packing industry does not want to deal with the inconvenience.
Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
11:19 pm
Hi everybody. My name is John David Mullins, but you can call me David, or John, or John David, whatever.

Anyways, I'll be attending Auburn in the fall as an entering freshman. I guess technically that makes me an Auburn student? Well, I just thought I'd join, to maybe meet some people who attend the school, and plus I like having intelligent/deep thinking conversations with folks, from anything to everything. Mostly I just like listening to folks and their ideas and beliefs on life and society, just listening to what folks think about different kindsa things, and exchangin ideas and all that fun stuff.

Well, that's about it. I guess I'll be seeing you folks in the fall. ^_^

War Eagle!

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, June 6th, 2005
11:34 am
is it completely dead here?
i hope not...

i'm a graduate english student. well, not yet, but in august i will be.

i like intelligent peoples, but not the snobby sort. if this community is still around, can i hang out with y'all?
Friday, February 18th, 2005
4:33 pm
jeez. it's so quiet in here. Hmmmmmmmm .... think of something intelligent to say ..... errrrrrr ....

your chocolate
wash your brain
gulp some rain ????
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
1:57 pm
cheap advertising plug
I just thought I would mention that we just received a fairly hefty amount of new reissue, import, and 180g vinyl at work (Highway 61 Records/Video; 223 N. Gay St.; little shack behind some lawyers office.) Some if it is crappity crap, but we got a lot of Beatles, Tom Waits, Pixies, White Stripes, Radiohead, Velvet Underground, Bowie, Jazz out the ears, et al, that people who read without being forced might like.

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
1:10 pm
Fun with Latin
Everybody comment with a Latin phrase, until we can't think of or find any more.

non sequitur - an illogical inference or an incongruity
Your referring to fainting goats in a discussion of taxes in Monaco is a non sequitur.
Monday, February 7th, 2005
12:36 am
Let's talk about gun control and whether it makes sense to have an elite class of protectors
I wrote this essay on guns in response to the statement, "Guns kill people."

What do you think about the matter?
Sunday, February 6th, 2005
11:32 pm
first things first, i suppose
so, fellow lj-groupies ...

what is your name?
what is your age?
what is your major?
what are your hobbies?
are you really intelligent or just apt at memorization and recitation?
what is your current GPA?
what is your quest?
what is your favourite color?
what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
7:50 pm
so.. i'm intellegent.. and i'm an au student...

Current Mood: predatory
Monday, November 29th, 2004
1:16 am
Does it matter that I'm not at Auburn anymore? I'm an Auburn grad, so I hope it still counts.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
10:15 pm
Let's get it started.
au_intelligents is the smart people's sandbox. Play appropriately or be dispatched on sight.

Let's have fun, here.
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