The Viva Vine: vol #4, no #3: May/June 1995
"Surfing the Net."
That's what everyone's talking about. Through the Internet, The VivaVine has gained easy
access to a lot of industry (i.e.: agriculture industry) information. Though we feel we have only scratched the
surface, "The VivaVine" has come across a few ways to access farm information. We have keyed into the
"Advances Technology Information Network," a fairly complete agriculture news service, gaining access via:
telnet caticsuf.csufresno.edu; login super. Following are a few headlines we found of interest to VivaVine readers
*Chickens Leaner with Amino Acid in Feed
Following is a sample of two stories from this news service. (It was hard to pick one.)
*World's Largest Fruit and Vegetable Basket Promotes 5-A-Day
*Salmon Sinking to Record Lows
*Plan to Protect 10 Plants Angers Ranchers
*Super New Tomato
*Asia Likely to Extend Poultry Industry Boom
*Farmers Question Protecting Plants
*Coming to America: Ostrich, The Other Red Meat
*U.S. Milk Output and Dairy Exports are on the Rise
*GOP's New Clout Pays Off for Ranchers with Lower Public-Lands Grazing Fees
*Farmers Told Plants are No Threat
*Lower Beef Prices are Spurring Consumption and Exports
*Bioengineered Tomato Clears Hurdle
*Pork Council Poised for Pigskin Blitz
March 06, 1995 Agricultural Commodity News: Birds Of A Different Feather
(The Fresno Bee) -- Bob Kloster raises ostriches, emus and rheas, all of which are ratites--flightless birds with a flat breastbone. Ostriches, rheas
and emus all have the same type of meat, which is lower in cholesterol and fat than beef, poultry, and pork. Kloster
says researchers have turned ostrich fat into cooking oil, arthritis ointment and cosmetics. Car owners use ostrich
plumage instead of abrasive brushes or cloth strips; and the western crowd love to two-step in their ostrich kickers.
Paul Evert, renowned RV salesman and owner of an ostrich ranch, said several Fresno restaurants should be serving
ostrich by April 1. People interested in touring the ranch may do so by calling 209-497-1500 for hours and
March 15, 1995 International Agricultural News: Exporting To The World'S Most Populous Nation: The China
(Meat & Poultry) -- ...What does 1.2 billion people with the world's fastest growing economy mean to the
American meat and poultry industry? Quite a lot, according to China watchers and executives who have already entered
the market. As experience with other Asian nations such as Japan, Taiwan and South Korea has demonstrated, increased
prosperity means increased consumption of meat by a newly affluent middle class. Today you find the highest-volume
McDonald's in the world at the corner of Wan Fu-Jing and the Avenue of Eternal Peace. It wasn't too long ago that
the idea of paying 10 or 20 yuan (which is like one or two U.S. dollars) on snack food was not within the budget of
most Chinese. But now you see literally thousands of people every day eating McDonald's hamburgers.
Renowned China scholar and beef rancher Orville Schell says. "They're not only eating higher on the hog,
they're finally eating the hog."
Newsgroup Download: rec.food.veg
A David Goodwin (goodwid@python.-CS.ORST.EDU) wrote: "Eating meat is something we're equipped for, so: why
shouldn't we do it?"
*A response came from: email@example.com.-com (Raghu Seshadri) "Ok, if this is the argument, may I point out
that we are also equipped to put our hands around children's necks and squeeze till they stop breathing. Does that
mean we should do it?"
*From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Susan Whitham): Newsgroups: rec.food.veg, alt.mcdonalds, alt.flame,
alt.food.mcdonalds Subject: Re: Pro BEEF: "I'm not trying to 'preach' vegetarianism to people. I'm just tired of
hearing the same old misinformation being flung around and having to constantly defend my personal choice. (I'm a
vegetarian because I disagree with the cruelty involved in the farming of animals. The health benefits, in my opinion,
are a side effect.:) I have been vegetarian for 15 years, have never been anemic; and in my last physical
fitness test was in the top 5% for my age group. This is a single case and doesn't, therefore, prove anything...I
just added it for those who think I must be anemic and literally dying at the terminal (i.e.: computer terminal)
*grin* :) "
*The following came from: email@example.com (Dr. Jai Maharaj) "The raw materials needed for food production
from livestock exceed all oil, gas and coal consumption. Meat-eaters hurt themselves, their families and
*The response from Jay Hutter <firstname.lastname@example.org was: "We are on the top of the food chain, it took a long
time, Meat is what my dad ate, what his dad ate, what my god dam caveman ansestor ate and he did pretty dam good I
think!! So shut up and go have a nice Big Mac and a Camel non-filter afterwords."
*Gerry Browne (email@example.com) wrote: "A friend of mine told me all vegetarians have a homosexual
gene. Is this true?"
*A response came from: rwahl@netcom. com (Robert Wahl) "Yeah. I even got mine to replicate, and have been
having a great time. Read about how to do it in the National Enquirer. :} 'Standing by a stump, waiting for
*From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Vanessa Campbell) "I had a vegetarian boyfriend and had problems feeding
him during his visits but I remember once saying that he couldn't risk eating my biscuits because they had animal fat
in them. He said that he didn't mind eating them. I later found that he was two-timing me as well as being unfaithful
to his animal cause."
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