Did you know a European farm has secured much needed funding to build the world's largest fly farm? The farm is to be built in South Africa, will house over 8.5 billion flies that will produce tonnes of protein-rich larvae which will be dried and processed into animal feed. Scientists and researchers the world over are searching for protein alternatives and this could fit the bill. The farm would be capable of producing 20 tonnes of larvae a day, plus 3.5 tonnes of larvae high in fatty acids, and 50 tonnes of organic fertilizer. The farm, being built by AgriProtein, will use a combination of the common housefly, the blowfly, and the black soldier fly, which will be kept in cages and fed a mix of spoiled leftover food, manure, and abattoir waste. I wonder how the animal rights activists will deal with this one?!
Did you know that the saying, "Production is vanity, profit is sanity," really does seem to apply to our dairy world?
Did you know that a study done by Cambridge University and the Medical Research Council, and funded by the European Commission, has found out that the saturated fat in dairy products is now said to be not bad for health, and may even protect against Type 2 diabetes? The research found that while red meat, fried food, alcohol, and carbohydrates appeared to have an impact on the development of Type 2 diabetes, dairy foods seemed to protect against the disease. Who would have thought?!
Did you know that this scribe (myself) still writes his articles, including this one, the old-fashioned way? Yes, by pen to paper, and then leaving it up to the very knowledgeable girls in the office to decipher my scribble and type it up into a readable column. Amazing they really are!
Did you know that leading doctors are saying that Canada needs to close "loopholes" that permit Canadian farmers to import antibiotics by the truckloads to feed to their animals? They say this promotes the production of breed resistant microbes – or "superbugs". The drugs are added to food and water to try boosting growth of chickens, pigs, and cattle. Resistant organisms now cause about 2000 deaths a year in Canada and also sicken tonnes of thousands of Canadians each year. They say the lack of a Canadian action plan is "an international embarrassment." They say a new breed of microbe, so-called "nightmare" bacteria, have the bio-chemical machinery to withstand nearly all antibiotics on the shelf. Scary.
Did you know that there is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball we call earth? This is to have either a clean conscience or none at all.
Did you know that this joke really makes me laugh? Well, here goes: "If there are any idiots in the room, please stand up," said the sarcastic lecturer. After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet. "Well mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?" inquired the lecturer with a sneer. "Well, actually I don't," said the student, "but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself!" Haha!
Did you know that a neuroscientist at Aston University nixed the idea that male and female brains are wired differently, that this is a myth which has no basis in science? The scientist said that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true, and that there is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment, not biology. Wow! I see strong debates popping up in kitchens and coffee shops everywhere.
Did you know that one-third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted every year? That doesn't even account for all the energy, water, and chemicals that are needed to produce and dispose of it! Because of that, almost 30% of farmland around the world is being used in vain. Much of the waste in the industrialized world comes from consumers buying too much and throwing it away. This wasted food is a major world carbon emitter, and if the world could reduce this wastage, it might also decrease the need to raise food production by 60% in order to meet the 2050 population demand. What a waste! And they say farmers need to become more efficient.
Did you know that just over 1% of land in BC is prime agricultural land, and that less than 5% is good for agriculture? Yet BC is the only western province that has no restrictions on the foreign ownership of farmland. Apparently people from China and India view this land as a bargain; and after two years of insignificant gains, BC farmland rose by 3% in value in the last year. Just a thought, but don't our leaders think it is imperative to have control of what's happening to one of our most precious assets? Shouldn't protocols be put in place to protect it? What could be of more value than some of the top food-producing land in the world? Not to mention plenty of cheap water that makes that land so productive. Not gold or money, because what are you going to buy with that when you have no food? Actually, you might need a lot of that to buy back food from foreign ownership at a price they dictate. It's happening folks!
Did you know that hamburger is now the rich man's steak? Ground beef has gone up 70% in the last five years and a lot of those roasts and better cuts are being ground up to meet that demand. I think our cull cow prices reflect that very well, and that's a good thing. Did you know that diamonds are chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs – under a lot of pressure?
Did you know that you can satisfy your "want" and "wish" power by overcoming your "can't" and "won't" power with a "can" and "will" power?
Did you know that we could all follow the lead of Thomas Edison, who said, "I never did a day's work in my life – it was all fun!"
Did you know that you can never make your dreams come true by oversleeping?
Did you know that us conservative Canadians suffer from "Vacation Deprivation"? Apparently nearly one in five Canadians do not take all of the vacation days that they are entitled do? One in three said they "have cancelled or postponed vacation plans because of work." This after all evidence says that taking vacations is key to having a happy life. Vacations may also save lives, according to an article in National Geographic, because an annual holiday can cut the risk of heart attack in men by 30% and in women by 50%. They have also been shown to cure burnout, the last stage of chronic stress. So come on you farmers! Plan that vacation now, so that when the final crops are off and in, you too can grab that "key" and turn it into a little bit of happiness, which may add to a higher quality of life. Having a happy and rewarding life usually beats the alternative!
Finally, did you know that this is the final "Did you know?" for this 2014 edition of "Did You Know?" Well it is! Happy Vacations!