During recent years, activists have taken to placing blame for increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on livestock farming. Claims are that beef and dairy cattle, swine and poultry are greater contributors to increasing GHG levels than transportation. A frequently cited source of these claims are documentary projects like Cowspiracy and Food Inc. As we approach the … Continue reading Measuring Livestock Contributions To Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Earlier this week, Subway restaurants announced changes to their policies regarding antibiotics use in livestock, stating they would begin sourcing only protein products from livestock never receiving antibiotics. The tone in which this news was released did not sit well with livestock farmers and ranchers across the country. Frustrating the situation even more was the … Continue reading Subway Updates Statement on Antibiotic Use in Livestock
News that Subway will soon be serving protein from animals never receiving antibiotics hit the waves in a big way this week. The announcement was made following pressure from activist groups, not necessarily customer buying trends. Inflaming this situation was the fact that they continued to delete comments from their social media feeds from individuals … Continue reading Response to Subway Antibiotic Free Meat
Subway announced on Tuesday, it plans to begin serving meat that has never received antibiotics - poultry in 2016, pork and beef six years after that is complete. The sandwich chain makes the move to compete with its rivals and gives in to pressure from activist groups, following recent events that have dampened their PR efforts … Continue reading Subway Removing Antibiotics… And Facebook Comments
I love flying and airports. The people watching often reaches gold or platinum level and everyone has a story to tell. It's one of the off-line opportunities I have observe culture outside of my immediate areas and gives me a chance to gain new perspectives. I almost always walk through a bookstore or two while … Continue reading Meat Is The Enemy For Vegan Punk Rock Star
Due to a large amount of criticism and misrepresentation of the facts, many people have expressed mixed ideas about what occurs in beef production. I have spent a large portion of my life getting well acquainted with all stages of beef cattle production and have a few thoughts and opinions to share. Recently, I have … Continue reading Ask a Farmer: Are feedlot cattle fed antibiotics and hormones?
I had an interesting conversation with a young woman from a Journalism class a few weeks ago who asked to interview me about Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) in livestock production, specifically environmental concerns. A Meat Science professor had recommended me since I have spent most of my life acquainted with cattle feeding - my … Continue reading Ask a Farmer: Cattle Feedlots and the Environment
What is a Factory Farm? Does feeding cattle corn harm them? Why are cattle finished in feedlots? These are a few of the questions I often receive when discussing the beef we eat and how cattle are raised. Do cattle eat grass or grain? Most all beef cattle are born and raised on pastures where … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: Does feeding cattle corn harm them?
I grew up on a ranch where Saturday mornings were for chores and feeding the cattle. After 5 years of college, I still don't know what to do with my Saturdays. My last trip to the Nashville Farmers Market was when my siblings came to visit on Spring Break. There wasn't much in season then, … Continue reading Saturday morning at Nashville Farmers Market
What is Agriculture? Who does it affect? David Hayden does a great job of explaining these things and more on his blog. Fellow Oklahoma State Cowboy, David joins me today and shares why he is proud to be a part of the community bringing us safe, quality meat products. It's another part of my month-long … Continue reading AgProud: Meat Producers part of Global Food