National Geographic Features Cattle Feedlots | Podcast

Meat is murder. Meat—especially beef—is cigarettes and a Hummer rolled into one. For the sake of the animals, our own health, and the health of the planet, we must eat less of it.
Meat is delicious. Meat is nutritious. Global demand is soaring for good reason, and we must find a way to produce more of it.
In short, meat—especially beef—has become the stuff of fierce debate.
Robert Kunzig, National Geographic

National Geographic Cattle Feedlot Carnivore DilemmaMy most recent series of posts on the blog has been visiting topics related to my experience in the cattle feedlots and sharing my perspectives of large scale cattle production in this country. This series just happens to correspond with a lengthy article from National Geographic. In Carnivore’s Dilemma, environmental editor, Robert Kunzig, reflects on his time visiting Wrangler Feedlot in Tulia, Texas. This is the same feedlot where my family sent most of our cattle when I was younger. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my experience working there. Kunzig obviously put some time, effort and research into the article and presented what I consider to be a fairly positive representation of what it’s like to work in the feedlots.

Of course there will be negativity portrayed around the article from people who are against eating beef and their poor perceptions of raising animals on a large scale will not allow them to approach the issue with an open mind. Robert’s experiences of visiting the feedlot reflect my own in many respects and its encouraging to see this perspective from someone outside the business. Overall, the responses I’ve seen to the article have been positive. Let’s take this as encouragement for those involved in the feedlot business to do more to show others what happens in a cattle feedlot today.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Ray Bowman after the NatGeo article published and we discussed the topics covered. Take a few minutes and listen to the broadcast, then let me know your thoughts on the National Geographic article, Carnivore’s Dilemma.

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  1. Enjoyed listening to this over morning coffee. I have been geting your email updates from your blog in my inbox for over a year now. And I have to say it was great to put a voice to the photo. Keep up the good work.

  2. Reblogged this on Beef and Sweet Tea and commented:
    Farming and meeting consumer expectation for a great product AND a meaningful conversation is a difficult task. The challenges make me all the more appreciative you! Thanks for stopping by to go FarrrTHUR in agriculture this week.

    Let’s see what Ryan Goodman of Agriculture Proud has to say about a recent National Geographic venture into the feedlot setting.

    Is America’s appetite for meat bad for the planet?

    Check out the conversation at Agriculture Proud.

    Emily Grace

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