So, here I am in the Homestate, Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland, in the Big City, Cream City. And what am I reading about? Some scientist in Holland is cloning bovine muscle tissue and growing it in a Petri dish to replace meat from actual cows (cattle). Yum. (One of these lovely “The Public won’t accept it, we have to educate them” deals. Uh, I have plenty of education, no thank you.)
The thing is, we used to have a decent food supply in this country—until we paved over all the agricultural land around cities for Big Box retail and McMansions. The researcher behind this Test Tube Burger work doesn’t see an option for meeting increased demand for meat aside from moving agriculture into natural areas. Really?
I don’t really know why policy makers hate ruminant animals so much. Ruminants were around before farms and greenhouses and delivering produce from around the World in less than 24 hours. At some point people stopped picking off the weak ones and herded them together and kept them until they needed them.
What some people don’t seem to realize is every farm is not like the ginormous factory farms in the Central Valley of California. A lot of the farms in the rest of the U.S. (and the rest of the World) make a lot more sense. People have been farming some areas for about as long as there has been farming—so please stop lecturing them about sustainable practices.
I keep hearing these stories about the need for more STEM grads and the lack of STEM grads. There are plenty of STEM grads in this country. Native born Americans with STEM education. Why do you think so many people are pissed off at Washington these days? STEM grads know propaganda from science. If politicians and policy wonks (and corporate types) really want to work with STEM grads, then they will have to accept the answer that is, and stop expecting a rubber stamp on their Personal Crusade. Probabilities are different that the plastic version of reality that dominates today’s political discussions.
In related news, David Koch is now admitting that he has heard of Scott Walker—makes sense when your organization has donated $700,000 to Mr. Walker’s cause. Does Mr. Koch realize he isn’t from Wisconsin? If Mr. Koch is so interested in Wisconsin, I wonder why he doesn’t move here, pay taxes in the state and experience the place that he considers so important? He could even vote in this Oh, So important election. Maybe if he actually experienced a place with a decent level of collective educational attainment, a dedicated civil service and quality public resources he might . . . . Morph into a different person, like Ebeneezer Scrooge or The Grinch? Probably not, but we could hope.