Vilsack: No Land Grab or Beef Diet Limits

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Vilsack: No Land Grab or Beef Diet Limits By NAFB News Service – Apr 27, 2021 Vilsack: No Land Grab or Beef Diet Limits Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says there’s no truth to the talk that the Biden Administration wants to take land away from people and discourage consumers from eating beef to help fight climate change.Vilsack says the president wants to protect 30 percent of the nation’s land by 2030 but doesn’t plan to use eminent domain to take possession of that land. The Hagstrom Report says Vilsack told ag journalists that the talk of a land grab is really off base.“There’s no intent to take away land from farmers,” he says. “The goal is to give farmers more opportunities.”Vilsack also talked about rumors that the Biden Administration plans to limit how much beef Americans eat. Vilsack says there is no effort in place to limit the intake of beef coming out of the White House or USDA.“In the political world, games get played, and issues get brought into play,” Vilsack says.The rumor seems to have started thanks to a University of Michigan study on beef. The study says cutting the intake of all animal-based foods by 50 percent and replacing that with equivalent quantities of plant-based food would decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent.“There’s no policy paper in the administration suggesting that people eat less meat,” he adds. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleCME Group Raises Daily Price Limits on GrainsNext articleReaction to Governor’s Veto of SEA 303 NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 2

first_imgBlack women hurt by new abortion law Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy is too slow with storm cleanupWhat an outrage in Schenectady that a week after a snowstorm, there are still many streets that need to be cleaned up.It’s understandable that during the storm, and even the day after, that streets are cleared just to get them cleared. But when a week later, you still have some streets with snowbanks sticking four feet out into the road, there’s no excuse. Broadway, which is considered a priority street, is just barely wide enough to get two cars through, let alone an emergency vehicle. There are several streets where the right-hand turn lanes are still not cleared, so it creates traffic backups. What will it take for the city to get this cleaned up?Larry PetrieSchenectadyEditor’s Note: The letter was written prior to the most recent snowstorm.  There’s also an interesting article from NASA, “Water Vapor Confirmed as Major Player in Climate Change” (from 11/17/08) that’s still online that clearly challenges Mr. Macander’s view of the significance of water vapor in atmospheric warming and cooling. K. D. ReynoldsMalta Solar panels useless if covered with snowWith all panels totally covered with deep snow since Storm Harper, how’s the solar panel farm doing when electricity is needed the most? Renewable energy? This is the future? Great.Greg SheyonGlenville Trump must learn to deal with CongressLet me start by saying I voted for President Trump. Two years into his term, his administration’s accomplishments include tax reform, low unemployment, appointing two Supreme Court justices, a new NAFTA agreement and halting North Korea’s nuclear program. On the other hand he’s arrogant, egotistical, spoiled, used to getting his own way and a liar. He had a Republican Congress for two years and failed to get money for a border wall. To refuse to negotiate a federal budget and hold federal employees hostage is a travesty the likes of which I’ve never seen. All great presidents have been able to compromise with Congress. If President Trump doesn’t find a way to do that, we will surely have a Democratic resurgence in the 2020 elections.Keith MillerSaratoga Springs Make donation to Wounded WarriorsI live on a fixed income of Social Security and pinch my pennies. Each day, something comes in the mail in the form of a donation wanted. I contribute to two organizations that I have been associated with for many years and am unable to include any more. However, I recently received in the mail a request from Wounded Warriors Project for a donation. I didn’t hesitate to send them one, because inside was a picture of Anthony Villarreal.He was wounded in Afghanistan and received burns over 70 percent of his body when an IED detonated. He has gone through more than 70 surgeries and is in pain every day of his life. One can only wonder if they could endure the terrible ordeal Anthony has gone through. I pray that God continues to provide him and his family the strength to move on adjusting their lives. God bless all of our military men and women who protect our freedom, many times at a devastating cost.Roger WilliamsRotterdam Junction Medical test at Ellis ER took far too long Recently I had maybe the worst experience of my 81-year life. I had a medical issue at around 4 p.m. and went to Ellis Urgent care in Clifton Park. They were great. They did a battery of tests but referred me to the main Ellis emergency room for a test they were unable to do at this time. I waited hours for test that took less than 15 minutes. My total wait time was more than 8 hours. This is unacceptable and not healthy. The front desk did not seem to care. Albert WerthmullerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Writer misconstrued role of water vaporIn response to Mr. Rudy Macander’s Jan. 26 letter on the relative role of water vapor in climate change, he either misinterpreted the information he found or he has an entirely different understanding from most of us on the meaning of the term “orders of magnitude.”Mr. Macander states, “… when I checked (presumably on the  amount of water vapor relative to CO2), to my surprise, there was an order of magnitude less water vapor than CO2 in the atmosphere and that its effect is insignificant relative to CO2 and methane.” That would indeed be surprising to me, as well as to most climate scientists, since atmospheric CO2 is currently in the range of <0.04 percent, while water vapor is considered at “saturation” (it’s raining) at 4 percent, hardly orders of magnitude less. In response to Ms. Elba’s Jan. 13 letter, I say young black women beware of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA). He’s targeting you.In our country, pregnant women face the highest risk of homicide among females. Ms. Emba stated that 30 percent of female homicide victims are black, and that intimate-partner violence is high in black relationships. It stands to reason that many murdered black women were pregnant. So why did Cuomo’s RHA repeal the Penal Law against illegal abortion, (the forced abortion of a woman who wants her child or the intentional injury to a pregnant woman to cause a spontaneous abortion). Repealing this law will increase violence against pregnant women.Secondly, the RHA now allows non-doctors to do surgical abortions. Nurses, midwives and other health professionals are not trained surgeons. Allowing them surgical privileges for abortions is foolish and dangerous. Furthermore, stand-alone clinics such as Planned Parenthood, located in predominantly minority neighborhoods, will likely cut costs by hiring non-doctors, further endangering young black women.Thirdly, RHA extends abortion through all nine months, permitting lethal injection and dismemberment procedures on pain capable, viable children; horrific. It also gives unsupportive partners more time to pressure or violently coerce abortion decisions.In New York City, 60 percent of black children are aborted. In the general population of blacks, it’s 38 percent. How many more do you want, governor?The governors’ plan: Eliminate poor minorities through abortion to eliminate poverty? Young black women beware.Sheila BlaschColonielast_img read more