February 22, 2009 |
They look like hamsters on growth hormones, bark like dogs and swim as fast as otters -- all reasons why chiguiros, the world's largest rodents, are an object of unending fascination for zoologists and wildlife enthusiasts. But ranchers here in northeastern Colombia fail to see the attraction. They claim that the rodents, which stand knee-high to humans and weigh as much as 120 pounds, consume valuable pasture, foul drinking water and spook their horses and cows.
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January 4, 2009 |
Smuggler's Gulch lived up to its infamous name. For a century, the narrow canyon leading into California from Mexico provided cover for cattle thieves and opium dealers, bandits and booze runners. More recently, it has hidden thousands of illegal immigrants on their journey north, sealing its place in border lore. Now, it's a fading memory.
January 3, 2009 |
Cattle-rustling is an age-old problem on Argentina's legendary Pampas plains, but genetic testing is helping police crack down on thieves. Argentina, one of the world's top beef exporters, is famous for its free-range beef from grass-fed cattle. Experts say lax controls and the sheer scale of some ranches make life easy for rustlers.
December 25, 2008 |
Cattle industry attorneys asked a state judge to block a new agreement that would allow more bison to roam freely outside Yellowstone National Park. In the last two decades, more than 5,000 bison leaving the park have been slaughtered by government agencies and shot by hunters, to prevent the spread of brucellosis to domestic cattle. The disease causes cows to miscarry. An agreement reached Dec. 17 between Montana and federal agencies would let bison -- including some that carry the disease -- migrate to limited areas outside the park as long as cattle were not present.
December 16, 2008 |
A hardy, pedestrian plant is doing triple duty in California's agricultural heartland. Farmers, water managers and agriculture researchers are watching an experiment using canola plants to absorb the salt from soil and water. The seeds are then crushed to extract oil for blending into environmentally friendly biodiesel. If that were the end of the story, it would be just another case of farmers turning food into fuel.
December 6, 2008 |
For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if the federal government decides to charge fees for air-polluting animals. Farmers are turning their noses up at the notion, which they contend is a possible consequence of an Environmental Protection Agency report after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases from motor vehicles amount to air pollution.
November 2, 2008 |
Baz Luhrmann has a few points to make in "Australia," his World War II-era romantic epic starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman: points about the mixing of genres, untold stories of the country's involvement in the war and that even in the most brutal parts of his homeland, there is soul-moving beauty. "When I arrived there, I thought, 'This is going to be horrendous, shooting under these conditions,' " said Kidman of filming in Australia's rugged Northern Territory.
September 26, 2008 |
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals suggests world-famous Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream should tap nursing moms, rather than cows, for the milk used in its ice cream. PETA said that if the ice cream maker begins using breast milk in its products instead of cow's milk, it would reduce the suffering of cows and calves and give ice cream lovers a healthier product.
August 27, 2008 |
It was Hillary Rodham Clinton's night at the Democratic National Convention, but party activists got a glimpse Tuesday of a surprising new breakout star: a jovial, round-faced warrior with a bolo tie who managed to attack Republicans while keeping a smile on his face. The unlikely partisan gladiator was Brian Schweitzer, who in 2004 became Montana's first Democratic governor in decades. Schweitzer, 52, won his office by eschewing partisanship -- campaigning as a pro-gun conservative with a Republican running mate.
June 29, 2008 |
America's chief diplomat found herself vouching for the purity of U.S. cattle Saturday, wading into a bitter trade dispute that for South Koreans has eclipsed the long-running drama over North Korea's nuclear activity and threatened the government of President Lee Myung-bak. Just one day after the communist North demolished the most visible symbol of its nuclear programs, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced a barrage of questions about the safety of American steaks, chops and burgers.