Meat – No Meat – Meat Health Factors

Meat – No Meat – Meat Health Factors


MICHELLE: GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. WELCOME BACK. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED, THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF STORIES ON THE NEWS. AND IT’S BEEN CONFUSING, EAT MEET MEAT, DON’T EAT MEAT AND THERE’S A LOT REGARDING EATING MEAT SO WE THOUGHT WE’D START SOME CONVERSATIONS ON IOWA LIVE WHERE WE HAVE LIVESTOCK AND SHE’S JOINING US TO TALKING ABOUT THIS. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. THERE’S SO MUCH INFORMATION AND IT CAN BE VERY CONFUSING FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT’S TRUE AND WHAT’S NOT TRUE. SO WE THOUGHT WE’D GO STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT SIDES FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE. SO FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, I THOUGHT AS A LIVESTOCK PRODUCER, I THOUGHT WE’D HAVE THE FACTS FROM THE LARGEST MEDIA SOURCES SAYING THAT MEAT IS NOT NUTRITIOUS. AND NOW IT’S REALLY GOOD FOR YOU AND ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES ON THE PROGRAM. AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST SOURCES OF PROTEIN ON THE PLANT. AND THEY HAD THE MOST PROTEIN AND IT HAS 30 GRAMS OF PROTEIN. AND IT SHOWS YOU THAT AND BEYOND. TELL US ABOUT THAT BACKGROUND. SO I GREW UP IN A FARM AND THEY RAN AN OPERATION AND MY IN-LAWS RAN ABOUT A 100 BEEF CATTLE. AND WHEN THE BEEF INDUSTRY IS ATTACKED, IT DIRECTLY EFFECTS OUR LIVELY LIVELIHOOD. AND EVERYONE FOLLOWS SUIT WITHOUT NECESSARILY DOING ALL OF THE RESEARCH. DID YOU FEEL AN AN EFFECT FROM THAT OR WHAT WAS THE REACTION FROM HAVING A SMALLER LIVESTOCK FARM? WELL, WE HAD A REACTION AND EVERYTHING HAS COME TO AHEAD AND THE FARMERS ARE FINALLY SAYING, HEY, WE NEED TO HAVE A VOICE AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO LISTEN TO OUR SIDE OF THE POPULATION. SO WE’RE 2% OF THE FARMERS AND DOING OUR OWN WORK AND MINDING OUR OWN BUSINESS AND IF SOMEONE WANTS TO SAY DON’T EAT MEAT BEFORE, I THINK WE BLEW IT UNDER THE RUG BUT NOW, THERE ARE MORE AND MORE CAMPAIGNS SAYING BEEF AND PORK IS SO BAD FOR YOU, WE HAVE TO HAVE A VOICE TOO. AND YOU HAVE ARTICLES SAYING DON’T EAT IT AND NO, IT’S A WONDERFUL PROTEIN. THERE’S A MATTER OF MEAT THAT SAYS WE’RE DOING IT RIGHT. SO THAT IS A THANKFUL JOB AND THERE’S A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM AND DON’T JUST LISTEN TO ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE, YOU NEED TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER. AND DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE THE BAD NEWS HAS TO DO WITH IT BEING OVER PROCESSED WITH THE FAST FOOD INDUSTRY AND CONVENIENCE AND MAYBE SOME OF THE REALLY LARGER SCALE OPERATIONS OUT THERE. DO YOU THINK THAT’S WHAT HAS HAD THAT NEGATIVE EFFECT? I THINK THAT’S WHAT HAS STARTED IT AND IT’S EASY TO TALK ABOUT BAD TOPICS. IT’S A LOT MORE CHALLENGING TO SAY HEY, THEY’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT AND THEY DON’T SHOOT THEIR ANIMALS FULL OF ANTIBIOTICS RIGHT BEFORE THEY TAKE THEM TO THE PACKER. SO IT’S EASIER TO COMMENT AND HERE’S A FEW FARMERS THAT ARE ACTUALLY DOING IT RIGHT. SO SINCE WE’RE A COMMUNITY THAT WANTS TO BE MORE INFORMED, HOW DO WE START THAT PROCESS AND HOW DO YOU KNOW OUR STEAK AND PORK CHOP IS FROM A FARMER THAT IS DOING IT RIGHT. THERE ARE VERY FEW REGULATIONS THAT DO NOT. YOU CAN JUST ALSO JUST ASK SOMEBODY OR LOOK ON THE PORK PRODUCER’S WEBSITE, THERE’S TONS OF INFORMATION ON THOSE WEBSITES AND GO TO THOSE FARMERS TO HEAR WHAT THOSE PRACTICES ARE IF YOU TRULY WANT TO KNOW. BECAUSE I’M SORRY, I’M A MEAT EATER AND I’M AWARE WHERE IT’S COMING FROM AND I KNOW WHERE TO GET IT SOURCED FROM AS OPPOSED TO GETTING IT BACK FROM ANTI-BIOTICS. IF YOU HAVE A SICK ANIMAL, YOU TREAT IT LIKE IT SHOULD BE AND YOU HAVE A WITHDRAWAL MEDICINE WHERE THE MEDICINE IS NOT IN THE MEAT BEFORE YOU TAKE IT TO THE FARMER. SO ABSOLUTELY. WE’LL TALK IT AND WE’LL TELL YOU AND NO ONE HAS ANYTHING TO HIDE. IF YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT, YEAH, WE’LL TELL YOU EXACTUALLY WHAT GOES ON IN OUR OPERATION AND TRYING TO GET THINGS THAT IS NOT OVERLY PROCESSED. TALK ABOUT YOU GUYS AS LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS AND HOW YOU GUYS KIND OF NETWORK TOGETHER TO SHARE THIS MESSAGE THAT YOU SAY NOW THAT YOU ARE THAT I’M TRYING TO PAY A LITTLE ATTENTION TO. SO I THINK US BANDING TOGETHER IS KIND OF NEW AND A FEW NEW WEBSITES AND JUST WORD OF MOUTH JUST TO SAY WE ARE NOT SO BAD AND WE DO PRODUCE A QUALITY PROJECT FOR YOU. AND THERE ARE PROJECTS OUT THERE THAT ARE SAYING TO EAT MEAT AND DO YOUR RESEARCH AND FLOW WHAT IT IS AND THERE’S MORE INFORMATION OUT THERE. SO WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING ON AND SHARING YOUR STORY. ANY FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT USING A SMALL FARMER AS OPPOSED TO GOING TO THE STORE? I GUESS EAT LIKE ME. AND I GUESS TRYING TO SOURCE YOUR INFORMATION INSTEAD OF JUMPING ON BOARD BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LARGE PLATFORM. SO I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO PARENTS OUT THERE DOING CHORES

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