I visited an Alpaca Farm a few weeks ago with the Pre-Vet club at my school.
Alpacas live in herds, are originally from South America, and are similar to llamas. Unlike llamas though, alpacas were bread for their fur which acts similarly to wool. This fiber can be made into lots of different things like blankets and clothing.
These alpacas were very outgoing and adorable. I guess it’s not easy to find a good vet that treats alpacas, so I think they are something I’ll definitely consider as a career path down the road.
If there is any evidence that the FDA is bought out by food companies, it’s the raw milk debate. My parents recently joined a herd share program, where you “buy” part of the cow and in return you get a certain amount of milk per week. The herd share is necessary because it is illegal to buy raw milk in Ohio. Raw milk can cause illness, however, if it comes from proper conditions then food-borne illness is not really an issue with raw milk. If you do buy raw milk though, you should be aware of any risks associated with it though.
This herd share program my parents joined is only barely legal. The farmer has been brought to court by the government in an attempt to shut them down (there was no outbreak associated with this farm by the way) and the farm won only on a technicality. There is a problem with this situation though. Why is the FDA/USDA wasting its time trying to shut down raw milk producers? Why are they trying to ban raw dairy consumption? The answer from the FDA is that it is dangerous. This response is why I am proposing that the FDA ban sprouts. Raw vegetables have been associated with so many outbreaks (be real, we are always hearing about them on the news) but yet I don’t see any state mandates against raw vegetables. I single out sprouts because if they are contaminated no amount of washing will rid the plant of pathogens.
The food industry is so angering because it is not looking out for people’s best interests. If people want to consume raw milk then let them. Raw milk is not a uniquely dangerous product. I have a feeling the dairy industry is in bed with the FDA, just like the meat industry and Monsanto control the USDA. I know I probably sound crazy but when you research this stuff it is so corrupt.
So, I’m proposing that the FDA ban sprouts because of their association with food-borne illness. If the FDA thinks it is their business to ban raw milk and shut down family farms producing food the right way, then they should be doing the same thing in regards to raw vegetables.
I would like the right to buy dairy products from cows who have a good life. I would also like the right to drink whatever kind of milk that I want to drink even with the risks involved. The corrupt FDA and USDA need to get their priorities straight.
It’s been a year since I lost my best friend. She’s the reason I study hard so I can make the grades I need to get into vet school. Eventually I would like to specialize in feline geriatric medicine so I can help cats like Boo, who had chronic renal failure. Nothing can replace that human-animal bond and I want to do anything I can to help preserve that for others.
I miss my Boo.
Carbon Monoxide gassing was officially banned in Athens County yesterday.
It was a long six months but because of all the hard work people put into the campaign, the commissioners finally listened to us.
They hesitantly agreed to dismantle the chamber, but whether or not that will actually happen may still be up to debate. Big thanks to Les Cornwell for offering to pay out of his own pocket for the dismantling of the chamber.
We did it!
When I was little our family cats Boo and Tiger always had to spend the night in the bathroom. I never really understood why they weren’t allowed to roam freely around the house, but hearing stories about them when they were younger makes me understand a little better (they were allowed to roam freely when they were older and we had a bigger house).
One of Boo’s main offenses was “tinking” the blinds. She would just paw at them for a long time creating a “tink” noise. (Other offenses probably including body slamming doors and fighting on the bed).
This is Boo and Tiger when they were probably about 7 years old.
This is me when I was about 6 years old with my kitties. We just lost both of them this past year.
Anyway, I saw this picture online and I thought it was really funny. It kind of reminded me of Boo’s “tinking”.