Drought Update & Sustainable Fish

Drought Update & Sustainable Fish

 Drought Update & Sustainable Fish plus Food Forethought. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Northwest Report.

2012 was the year of the drought across a large part of the U.S. and affected many crops but is the drought over? Meteorologist Brad Rippey says the area of the drought did reduce by 1.2%...

RIPPEY: To 57.64% of the contiguous United States. That takes us back to our lowest drought coverage since early July 2012 showing that we are finally making some progress this winter against the drought. Consequently we still see the exceptional drought or D4 drought coverage nearly steady at 6.36%.

On Thursday McDonald's announced that it will now sell fish sandwiches and "Fishy McBites" in blue boxes with an Eco-label seal from the Marine Stewardship Council.
This means that McDonald's "has agreed to audits to verify its fish comes only from Alaskan pollock, certified by the council as sustainably caught." In return, they'll be able to use the Marine Stewardship Council logo in all of their fish meals.

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

There have always been subtle and sometimes not so subtle reminders to keep us “in check”. Who hasn’t heard the old axioms, “don’t say or do anything you wouldn’t want your mother to read, “loose lips sink ships, “do you kiss your mother with that mouth”, and one of my grandmother’s favorites, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”. The intent of these sayings should be taken even more seriously in this day of instant messaging, Facebook, and social media in general. Sadly, it seems that many people either haven’t heard any of these or choose not to heed their warning, hence the numerous people who have found themselves facing dismissal from their jobs, in legal hot water, or shunned by friends or family because of what they have tweeted or posted on Facebook. It has gotten so bad in this concern that a new app called Facewash, which should say it all, has been created to hopefully save people from themselves. This app will check comments, photos, and links you have “liked” and flag them as perhaps unacceptable. Here’s a novel idea, how about exercising some common sense before you tweet, text, or post? A good ol’ Ben was fond of saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

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

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