Antonio Cromartie: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Tebow. Oops

Take a knee, New York — it’s Tebow time!

It’s officially Twitter official: Tim Tebow is coming to the Big Apple to hold the clipboard for Mark “The Sanch-ize” Sanchez as the New York Jets’ B-squad QB (for now, anyway) — which apparently is much to the dismay of Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

The Jets posted on the team’s Twitter page this afternoon — and it’s been confirmed by ESPN — that the former Florida phenom is leaving the Denver Broncos and coming to New York in exchange for two draft picks — a fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder in 2012.

Like the Jets, Cromartie also has been updating his Twitter page — to blab about how much the Jets don’t need Tebow.

“We don’t need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight,” Cromartie posted on his Twitter page before the deal to land Tebow was official.

Cromartie’s spent the rest of today doing damage control, taking to Twitter to explain his comments about his team’s new QB.

“Look everyone is mad about what I said but u will b okay. I have faith in the guys that we have in the locker room right now that I will get it done this year,” Cromartie wrote after the deal to land Tebow was announce.

“Y bring Tebow in when we need to bring in more Weapons for let’s build the team around him. We already signed to 3 year ext,” Cromartie writes in another post.

See the rest of Cromartie’s “tweets” here.

Regardless of whether the Jets need Tebow, news that he’s coming to New York gives us an excuse to rehash all the Tebow/Jesus jokes.

We’ll get the ball rolling with the following Saturday Night Live sketch:


EU and U.S. Sign Agreement over Organic Food

The European Union and the United States announced yesterday that starting this summer, they will consider each other’s standards for organic certification equivalent.

After several audits of both parties’ organic programs, the EU and the U.S. found that their standards for organic certification were almost the same, except for their differing policies on antibiotics. USDA standards prohibit organic farmers from using antibiotics except in the case of fire blight in pear and apple orchards; European standards allow for antibiotics to be used in treating infected animals.

This new agreement is expected to make trade in organic products between the two economies a lot smoother, and help small and medium-sized farms in the U.S. and abroad. “This partnership will open new markets for American farmers and ranchers, create more opportunities for small businesses, and result in good jobs for Americans who package, ship, and market organic products,” said U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

What might this mean for all those insatiable consumers of organic products here in the States? A flood of new chocolate, olive oil, and cheese from Europe could be on the horizon.


UN Expert: Poor Shafted by WTO’s Food Policy

A top U.N. human rights expert got into a heated disagreement with the leader of the World Trade Organization on Friday, calling WTO-backed food policies “outdated” and a “lose-lose” for the world’s poor, the Associated Press reports.

Olivier De Schutter, the U.N.’s expert on the right to food, has just said that the WTO and its chief, Pascal Lamy, push for policies that screw over the world’s poor.

De Schutter says that the WTO advocates “trade-centric” policies that prevent the world’s impoverished from getting inexpensive, fresh food.

De Schutter says that these market-based approaches help agribusinesses profit in rich countries — and inflate the price of food for the world’s least-developed nations.

Between 1992 and 2008, De Schutter says, grocery bills in these countries ballooned 500 or 600 percent.

“This may look like food security on paper, but it is an approach that has failed spectacularly,” he writes in an open letter.

“The reality on the ground is that vulnerable populations are consigned to endemic hunger and poverty.”