Red Meat Troubles and Going to the Library

Red Meat Troubles and Going to the Library

Red Meat Troubles and Going to the Library plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

Researchers have found a link between red meat and processed meat and an increased risk of mortality. In contrast, routine consumption of fish, chicken, turkey and other poultry decreased the risk of death by a small amount. The study of more than 500-thousand middle-aged and elderly Americans found that those who consumed about four ounces of red meat a day - the equivalent of about a small hamburger - were more than 30 percent more likely to die. But Jim Hodges with The American Meat Institute doesn’t buy the results.

HODGES: If meat is the problem, what is meat causing that creates a slightly higher mortality? I think it’s a correlation to something that doesn’t hold up inn real life.

This new research may have the same effect as the Atkins Diet had a few years ago on potatoes.

Our family has always enjoyed a trip to the library but in the last few years libraries have seen a downward swing. The recent economic woes though are boosting local libraries as more people are coming to the library to job search online, to network, and to take advantage of checking out new music and movies for free. At the Seattle Library, usage is up 20% at a time when city offices are being asked to cut budgets.

Now with today’s Food Forethought, here’s Lacy Gray.

How many times as you are driving down the street do you end up behind a vehicle with a “vanity” tag that has you scratching your head in wonder; wondering what in the world it is supposed to represent! Now why would a person spend the extra dollars on a special license plate if nobody but them knows what the heck it means? It doesn’t make much sense, does it? Well finally a special tag that does make sense is being proposed; at least in Washington state. The Washington FFA Association and Chelan FFA are conducting a special license plate signature drive. FFA members will be collecting signatures from interested individuals who would like to buy an FFA license plate for their vehicle. The Department of Licensing has stated that before they will issue special plates the organization receiving the funding from the sales of such plates must supply sufficient interest. I really don’t think that will be an issue; many other states will probably soon follow suit. In fact, they will probably be “up to their license plates” in interested buyers.

Thanks Lacy. That’s today’s Northwest Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.

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