06 Feb 2016 - The Food Production War Continues

It just keeps coming . . . the food critics in America complaining about the way food producers in this country treat the environment, the soil, the air, and livestock. I guess you can do that when you live in a country where there is an abundance of healthy, nutritious affordable food; a country that doesn’t depend on any other country for its food. Our farmers do it better than farmers in any country on the planet.

Let me give you an example of the criticism this past week, alone. First of all, in USA Today . . . The headline ‘More people buying natural food, but it’s unclear what that is. FDA is looking into whether the term should be legally regulated.’ My comment is . . . “Can’t we accept responsibility for what we eat and when we eat it? Do we need yet another government rule and label?”

Then there is the study released last week by the Glasgow University Media Group in Europe. The basic message of the study - ‘Remove meat from your diet and we will save the planet’. In other words, we should all quit eating meat because critics say. . . ‘Livestock production is often a highly inefficient use of scarce land and water. It is a principal driver of deforestation, habitat destruction and species loss, and it is not sustainable. A growing global population cannot converge on developed-country levels of meat consumption without a huge social and environmental cost.’ Want a plate full of grass anyone?

Finally, a criticism that makes no sense at all, but then why should it? It comes from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Emily Rohr, activist for PETA, wrote an article that is very critical of the FFA organization, telling FFA members they should change their rules of living for growth and development as outlined in the FFA Pillars of Leadership. Pillars that say things like:
-Develop my potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success
-Make a positive difference in the lives of others
-Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion
-Respect the rights of others and their property
-Be courteous, honest and fair with others
Those are just some of the Pillars of Leadership in the FFA. Emily Rohr says to throw them out, become vegans, accept the PETA rules and stop mistreating their animals. In all the years I have covered PETA activities, they have never made any sense to me.

Finally, a personal note - Thanks to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for honoring me at their convention in San Diego with a Lifetime Achievement Award. I deeply appreciate it, I thank you and keep producing that quality beef!

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