Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The environmental and economic impact of removing productivity-enhancing technologies from U.S. beef production

What would happen if U.S. beef farmers and ranchers no longer used productivity-enhancing technologies to
raise beef cattle? To produce the same amount of beef they do today, every year:
• 10 million more cattle would be required in the U.S. beef herd
• 3 million more fed cattle would need to be harvested
• 81 million more tons of feed would be needed
• 17 million more acres of land would be needed for grazing and growing feed
• 138 billion more gallons of water would be required for producing feed and maintaining animals
• 18 million more metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2
eq) would be released in the United States alone

Information from the latest factsheet posted at

J.L. Capper, capper@wsu.edu
D.J. Hayes, dhayes@iastate.edu

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Picnic Chicken Drumsticks

2 cups lowfat buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 tablespoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
8 chicken drumsticks
2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 eggs, beaten
Canola oil cooking spray

Puree buttermilk, thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion in a blender; transfer to a medium bowl. Add chicken, toss to coat, cover and chill, tossing once or twice, for 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange breadcrumbs, flour and eggs in three wide, shallow dishes. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Working with one piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour, then eggs, and then breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. Arrange on baking sheet, spray all over with cooking spray and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 40 minutes. (For deeper, golden brown color, finish the chicken under the broiler for a few minutes before serving, if desired.)

This recipe serves 4-6 (or maybe less because of how yummy it is!). You could also use a wheat cereal in place of half of the breadcrumbs. Find the recipe here.