Do consumers really want to see where their food comes from? | CNN Eatocracy

Cows visiting slaughterhouse videoLast week, I asked this question in my latest post on CNN Eatocracy. There were a variety of replies, mostly with concern for the ethics of eating meat. The majority of the 225 comments so far have missed the point. “How concerned are consumers about transparency in the food supply?” Read more here.

I included links to a couple of videos that show a great walk-through of beef and pork slaughterhouses with animal behavorist, Dr. Temple Grandin.

Video tour of a beef slaughterhouse from American Meat Institute

Video tour of a pork slaughterhouse from American Meat Institute

The comments on other sites in response to the post were generally more positive. Here is one of my favorites from Reddit:

I think lack of transparency in conventional ag has been a massive failure for their marketing. No one knows what the average system looks like for animals cradle to grave, and therefore, “educated” consumers assume that it all looks like the dungeons of animal torture portrayed by animal rights groups. If the people who wanted to see what it looks like could happen upon Temple Grandin’s videos before PETA’s, the level of trust wouldn’t be so dismal. That tide seems to be turning, but it’s going to take a lot longer to regain the trust than it would have to not lose it in the first place.

I’m glad that person actually took the time to read the post and watch the videos linked within it.

On sites like CNN, I don’t gauge the response solely by the comments. Usually there are mostly folks there who just want to stand on a box and shout their opinion (whether they read the article or not). The poll gives a different message from readers of the post.

CNN Poll Eatocracy Meat Slaughterhouse

In response to the question, “If you had the chance, would you visit a slaughterhouse?” most readers responded that the wouldn’t in fear that they couldn’t stomach the experience, or that they have visited one and are glad they did. Another 17% said they are ok with not visiting and are aware of the process.

What would be your vote?


Ryan Goodman works in grassroots advocacy with beef cattle farmers and ranchers across the United States. He is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, with studies focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryans
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