Saturday, January 8, 2011

Food policies

The price of tortillas in Mexico - The world price for maize is now at its highest since mid-08. "On December 22nd the economy ministry announced that it had bought maize futures, which it said should guarantee price and supply until the third quarter of 2011. It also increased a modest subsidy for corn millers."

Kosher Nation: "If they want to sell their product in the United States and they are not kosher, no one will buy it," points out Menachem Lubinsky.  "Coca-Cola won't buy it, Kellogg's won't buy it.  They'll be cut out of the market.  If you're in China or Thailand and you want to export, you have absolutely no choice but to seek out kosher certification."

From Wikileaks - US Ambassador to France in 2007 argued that the US should retaliate to encourage France to not enact a number of policies harmful to GMO interests.

Equine ethics - Horse lovers used to fight to shut down horse slaughter plants and they laregly succeeded. Owners with very old horses now ship the horses to Mexico for slaughter or strand them to await starvation. Both options involve a lot of pain for the horses and very poor conditions. So animal-welfare experts are beginning to consider other options.

Oh, and recent research has overturned the belief since the 1970s that you shouldn't eat mussels that haven't opened. What you should do is smell your mussels before you cook them to check for freshness and make sure you accurately measure the cooking time.


  1. Mr Watson''
    Where do you get your education on horse slaughter.. When did you ever get the knowledge that horse advocates have step down.

    In Fact horse slaughter has been going strong ever since 2007 the slaughter numbers have not stop its business as usual only in Mexico and Canada.

    Beltex was owned by another business in mexico they merely moved there equipment. US plants were operating secretly and we tax payers were paying for there inspectors. These plants paid NO gross income taxes or export taxes as most American business are required too.

    In 2007 Beltex shut its doors because of years of operating illegal in Texas not to mention Dallas Crown.. Slaughter is NOT needed it only creates a exit for unsold horses from overbreeders that cant sell certain horses. These are NOT old and sick horses as you claimed.

    If you follow the money pro slaughter supporters have NO history of helping promote or donating to any horse rescues in the US.

    According to the USDA requested (FOIA) clearly shows the condition the horses arrived at plants and clearly showing there were no humane or safe handling as they moved the horses from auction to auction to slaughter..

    Everyone made money the Seller, Auctioneer, Hauler, Killer, and a foreign company. Oh and lets not forget (AQHA) American Quarter Horse Association and others that profit for papers and the SouthWestern Cattle raisers association that collected $3.00 per head slaughtered and $2.00 for Texas AM.

    Let me also remind you of the drugs in horses such as Brute, Steriods, and wormers that indicate NOT to be used on animals intended for food consumption..

    Do your research and search the words Rep Sue Wallis and horse slaughter you will see what kinds of people support horse slaughter and what tatics they do to lie and promote and reward irresponsible people.

  2. Airspace - The answer to where I get my information is the link I cite. That's it. Though I have made a long study of cattle, pig, and chicken slaughter, I have no expertise in horse slaughter.

    I appreciate your comment, some of which supports what I reported (ie - horse slaughter has not stopped, it has only moved to other countries and in a manner that is also not approved by yourself I assume). I don't know that the source had considered illegal horse slaughter and I appreciate you adding the information.

    I did not imagine for a moment that advocates such as yourself had stepped down or retracted. I inferred from the one source I had that some animal-welfare experts were realizing that there were unintended consequences of the ban, some of which are also not pleasant for the horses.