Thursday, March 31, 2011

Those lying cows

The FDA is reassuring Americans that there is nothing to fear from the fallout cloud circling the globe courtesy of the Tokyo Electric Power Company and General Electric. Their reasoning is that while trace amounts of radioactive iodine has been found in cows milk on the west coast it’s not in concentrations that are harmful.

The question is, why are they finding any radioactive particles in the milk at all?  The talking heads on the news explain that the cows go out and graze the grass and concentrate the radioactive dust (in the duck and cover days this was called fallout). These particles pass through the cow and into the cow’s milk at reportedly a thousand times concentration.

As the reporter reads in a reassuring voice from the scrip provided by the nuclear power lobby they also show a close-up of a cow enthusiastically eating grass to emphasize the point. But if you know grass, you’ll recognize it as lawn grass. Milk cows don’t go out and graze and haven’t since the early sixties. It’s simply too inefficient, the cows trample more than they eat. Even in Amish country you’ll see farmers driving a team of horses pulling a diesel powered forage harvester. While you might see cows out in a field, that’s not where they get their feed.

So we are being shown a potential problem that doesn’t really exist so that we can be reassured that testing shows us to be no danger. Of course milk cows do more or less live outdoors. They have plenty of shelter for shade and to keep warm and dry, a happy cow does in fact give more milk.

So, if there really is radioactive iodine in the milk, they aren’t getting it from their feed, they‘re getting it from being out of doors. Maybe we should be testing the homeless people instead of the cows, or just we should just duck and cover.

Okay, I want to make it clear that I don’t think we are in any great danger right now. This is about the corporate media lying to us. The corporate motto always is, “Never tell the truth when a lie will do better”.

Amish "Tractor" viewed from the rear where the equipment attaches, the horses draw it from the long tongue at the left, the "fence" holds the reins. The engine drives a variety of tractor towed modern harvesters, hay balers and grain combines. Note the shock absorber at the base of the seat, some are equipped with much more elaborate seats that would make Captain Kirk jealous. An engine that size produces about 60 HP, the equivalent output of a 100 hp conventional farm tractor. (that would be fairly large)


Anonymous said...

FYI: I love your commentaries, but here in Oregon and probably Washington too, milk cows at this time of year do graze on grass. All the dairies in my area still have large pastures for their cows and for making hay during the summer, including the one next door to my home.