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Yesterday, MNB took note of a USA Today story about fart-free cows:

"Burger King's new menu item aims to tackle the environmental impact of beef. 

The fast-food chain partnered with top scientists to develop and test a diet for cows to produce less methane, a greenhouse gas that traps the sun's heat and warms the planet.

"The new diet reduces up to 33% per day, on average, of cows' daily methane emissions during the last three to four months of their lives, according to initial study results."

I commented:

I know I'm a child about this stuff, but I'm just happy for any excuse to use words like "fart" on MNB.  

MNB reader Mike Bach responded:

How would you like to be the scientist that was given that assignment?  I’m sure he was very excited about setting up the sampling process. And, then to go home each night and tell his family “what he did that day”… now that might unleash the child in just about anyone.

On another subject, one MNB reader observed:

I’ve been reading that masks were also controversial during the 1918 pandemic.

There’s something in the American character that doesn’t like being told what to do. And not learning from the past seems to be a universal human trait.

Some might call this American exceptionalism.  I might characterize it differently. 

From another MNB reader about companies imposing mask mandates:

I wholeheartedly agree with you and the decisions these companies are finally making. Wish we could say it's a bold move but four months in, it's actually not.

One thing that concerns me is seeing employees and vendors not abiding by the rules of the retailer. If the goal is to mitigate the virus, then the rules apply to all. I have a choice of several supermarkets. I shop at the one that best follows their own rules.

And, from MNB reader Joe Axford, regarding my "Real Talk" virtual session with Jim Donald, cochairman of Albertsons, done for the Organic Produce Summit:

Watched this last night KC, and came away very impressed with Jim, and glad that he's Co-chairman of Albertsons. Looking forward to more, as I work at Shaw's so this gives me hope!

And finally, from my friend Beatrice Orlandini over in Italy, about our story yesterday about how studies now say pasta and bread will make you live longer.

Buone notizie?

I would say, Ottime notizie!

Of course I am biased…

Non scherzo.  Grazie.