High Priced Diet Plan & Humane Society Approves plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
A bill introduced in the U.S. House has received the endorsement of the Humane Society. The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act sets rules around confinement of animals used to produce food purchased by the federal government. American Farm Bureau lobbyist Mary Kay Thatcher talks about the money that HSUS spends.
THATCHER: We looked at the most recent 1099's that HSUS filed and less than ½ of 1% of the money that they take in goes to helping dog and cat shelters. Less than ½ of 1%. The rest of it gets plowed into fighting us and making lives for farmers much more miserable.
A new study suggests that people would lose five pounds a year if soda prices were hiked up 18 percent .Researchers found that a 10 percent price hike led to a 7 percent decrease in soda consumption and an 11.5 percent decrease in pizza consumption. More specifically when it came to soda, researchers reportedly found that a $1 increase in the price of soda resulted in an intake of 124 fewer calories per day. As a result, there was weight loss. It says nothing about putting people out of work.
Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.
Boy am I itching to get out and start planting a garden. My husband even caught the fever and stuck some butternut squash seeds from a store bought squash in some of those seed starter kits. He figured it would take a week or two for them to even show themselves. He had six very happy squash plants within three days! They have outgrown the starter container and he's not real sure what to do with them since its not quite warm enough to plant them out doors yet. I told him he could use them as a "trap crop". According to an article in Mother Earth News "using early plantings of squash as trap crops could attract nearly ninety percent of squash bugs in the area". Supposedly the key is to start the squash indoors and then transfer them to the garden even earlier than you normally would. Those greedy little squash bugs will hone in on them with their amazing squashy radar. When they do, you give them a one way ticket out of this world. Sounds like a great plan right? Who knew a first time from seed gardener would become so outraged at the thought of sacrificing his "babies"? Guess I'll be hunting up some empty garden pots and making room in the sunny dining room for some butternut squash plants!
Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.