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By MAA
FEAST: The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is taking a stand against Hollywood-fueled, “clean-eating” fad diets and encouraging youths to get their dairy intake of calcium and vitamin D.
Contrary to some of the bizarre eating regimens perpetuated and promoted by pop-culture starlets, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, the NOS research showed that children who cut or reduced dairy from their diet faced a “ticking time bomb” to their bones. The research highlighted how a lack of dairy in the diet could specifically increase the risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition which causes bones to become fragile and break easily.
We’d prefer to take our dietary advice from one good doctor (better yet, an entire society of them) rather than the entire gamut of Brad Pitt’s ex-girlfriends.

FAMINE: In our lead editorial in this edition, we conduct a case study in how an otherwise “mainstream” publication plays fast and loose with reporting. If not precisely “fake news,” plenty of stories and media qualify as “not necessarily accurate news.” 
Along those same lines, Iowa-based farmer/agvocate Michelle Miller — a.k.a. “The Farm Babe” — compiled her own 
“Facepalm Hall of Fame.” 
“These sites all have one thing in common— almost all of them share mis-
informed opinions of agriculture but have never actually worked in agriculture a day in their lives,” she writes. “These are the pages that don’t speak the truth and don’t deserve our likes and shares. They may be funded by misinformed activists, they may be full of crazy conspiracy theories, they may just be spreading point blank lies.”
For the record, here are sites: Real Farmacy, Food Babe, EcoWatch, Environmental Working Group, Pesticide Action Network, The Non-GMO Project, GMO Free USA, Mamavation, Nutiva, Natural News, Mercola, David “Avocado” Wolfe, GMO Inside, PETA, Pete Evans, Green Med Info, Food Democracy Now, Kids Right to Know, Food & Water Watch, Robyn O’Brien, Just Label It, US Right to Know, Dr. Oz, Consumer Reports, Only Organic, Organic Consumers Association, Cornucopia Institute, Vandana Shiva, Moms Across America, Erin @ Health Nut News, Mercy for Animals, HSUS, Best Video You Will Ever See, Erin Janus, Healthy Holistic Living, Commondreams, Collective Evolution, The Mind Unleashed and March Against Monsanto.
We applaud Miller’s willingness to call “B.S.!” where and when appropriate. 
FEAST: We wholeheartedly endorse the legislative initiatives of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) They are standing up for American dairy farmers with their introduction of the Defending the Agricultural Industry’s Requirements Year-round Act of 2017 or the DAIRY Act. 
The bill will allow dairy producers to utilize the H2-A visa program. Previously, the dairy industry was excluded from the program due to its 365-day-a-year need for labor. The bill will allow laborers to be admitted for periods of 18 months, while being judiciously vetted and mandated to follow the stringent requirements of the H2-A visa program; otherwise, they will be expeditiously removed and deported back to their home country.
Laurie Fischer, chief executive officer of the 30,000-member American Dairy Coalition, sums up why intelligent immigration reform is critical for the industry: “With some of the most important jobs on our dairy operations left unfilled, producers are left with a major dilemma — downsize and produce less milk or import workers. When milk production is reduced, the economies of the entire dairy infrastructure are negatively impacted. Furthermore, the loss of production increases the price of milk and dairy products on the grocery store shelves.”
FAMINE: Chipotle Mexican restaurants have proven to be objectively good at one thing: Fear-based marketing. However, rather than investing years attacking the science-based practices of modern American farmers, the fast-food eatery should have been minding its own house.
In no particular order, the company has dealt with — among other missteps — pervasive food-borne illness issues, complaints about employee mistreatment, accusations of outsized incomes for its top executives, blowback about their meals’ excessive calorie counts and, most recently, the failure to protect its customers’ digital data.
“We want to make our customers and investors aware we recently detected unauthorized activity on a network that supports payment processing for purchases made in our restaurants,” chief financial officer Jack Hartung told analysts during an investor presentation. He said Chipotle had implemented additional security measures, actions it believes stopped the unauthorized activity, which it says happened at the end of March.
There’s an old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” And, in recent years, the folks at Chipotle have been eating a big ol’ plate of karma.
 


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