One of my co-workers forwarded me a picture last week that I thought was pretty interesting and perfect for this week's Family Farm Friday. Because the picture might be a little hard to read on the blog, here is the link to the full sized photo.
The point is that cattle produced on America's farms and ranches produce farm more than just beef. Everything from shampoo to fertilizer, plywood to anti-aging cream to antifreeze to medicines. And, of course, my favorite.....the filet mignon! The title of the email was "there is no escape from cows."
I realize this picture alone could be a whole blog.....but its discussion about vegans and the idea of "no escape" reminded me of the good ol' State Fair days. This spins me into a whole different topic.
I bet you every kid who showed at the New Mexico State Fair can remember going into the Commercial Building and arguing with the Animal Rights activists. Those people were not prepared for a bunch of farm and ranch kids, who were passionate about the agriculture industry and who were armed with loads of facts--not from books, but from their own lives--to contradict what the activists were telling people. More than once, the activists would call security to make us leave. And I remember a few of us making them cry. They would probably agree that there is no escaping ag kids either!
I'm certainly not a vegetarian.....I would have starved as a kid. In my house, if there was not meat, it was not a meal. But I don't guess that I am adamently against a person making that decision for themselves. What I am against is the crazy, inaccurate propoganda put forth by anti-agricultural groups that leads people to become vegetarians or vegans for all the wrong reasons.
Before you listen to what some activist, who has never even been on a farm or ranch and seen livestock production first hand, make an informed decision for yourself. Talk to producers, visit their operations, and make your own decision. You will see families who work hard, who take pride in what they do, and who take care of the land and the animals. That's American agriculture, plain and simple.
Here is a GREAT story about a vegan who visited a cattle feedlot in Colorado and was pretty surprised at what he found. It's definitely worth a read!
Anyway, the bottom line is that the email was right--there is no escaping products from cattle. And there's no escaping agriculture kids protecting their industry!