Me, the other day:
I’m personally not someone who fears genetically modified food- basically everything you eat today has been genetically modified through selective breeding over centuries. Cows didn’t always look like that. Hell, all you dog lovers out there, your specific breed didn’t use to look like that. I’m far more comfortable with wheat that has been genetically modified to resist fungal diseases or livestock genetically modified to resist the various maladies they suffer than I am with spraying crops with DDT or shooting up cows with steroids, hormones, and antibiotics.
A mysterious mass death of a herd of cattle has prompted a federal investigation in Central Texas.
Preliminary test results are blaming the deaths on the grass the cows were eating when they got sick, reports CBS Station KEYE.
The cows dropped dead several weeks ago on an 80-acre ranch owned by Jerry Abel in Elgin, just east of Austin.
Abel says he’s been using the fields for cattle grazing and hay for 15 years. “A lot of leaf, it’s good grass, tested high for protein – it should have been perfect,” he told KEYE correspondent Lisa Leigh Kelly.
The grass is a genetically-modified form of Bermuda known as Tifton 85 which has been growing here for 15 years, feeding Abel’s 18 head of Corriente cattle. Corriente are used for team roping because of their small size and horns.
The GM gas suddenly started producing cyanide gas, which killed the cattle.
I’m like a fucking rural Tom Friedman with a foul mouth and a fat cat.
*** Update ***
Turns out the CBS news report is crap and Tifton 85 is not a gm grass.