Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hey Oprah - You Don't Have to Go Vegan to Be Healthy and Compassionate

Like many American’s, I watched Oprah’s Vegan Challenge last Tuesday as she and 378 of her staff went vegan for 7 days. The show featured two authors, a tour of the Cargill meat processing facility and clips from the week as her staff experienced a vegan diet. The messages I took from the show are, 1) consider where your food comes from, 2) be aware animals are used to produce the food we eat and 3) eat healthy.

These concepts make sense to me. But why would someone have to become a vegan to achieve a healthy lifestyle and show compassion for animals? I provide nutritious foods for my family and we care about animals and we’re not vegan.

My husband, Lad, feeding a calf inside her cozy hutch
Like the vegan author featured on Oprah’s show, I’m not a nutritionist. However, I was always taught a healthy lifestyle involves eating a balanced diet, including meat, dairy, grains, fruits and vegetables, in reasonable quantities and be active to maintain a healthy weight.

We livestock farmers understand consumers want to be reassured that the animals providing meat, dairy and eggs are well cared for, treated with respect and don’t suffer. We know you want to feed your family healthy foods and feel good about what you’re eating.


Our cows stay warm in their barn on a cold winter day
The reality is 98% of the population is removed from the farm and doesn’t have an opportunity to observe the day to day operations of livestock farms. Since many people have little to no experience with production agriculture they go searching for information. These searches often result in books, websites, news media and movies created by people who have lots of opinions but also little to no experience in food production. Much of the information you’ll find is not accurate. The best way to learn what’s happen on a farm is to visit a farm or ask a farmer.

Many in agriculture are opening the doors of their farms so consumers can see what’s happening. I do this on our dairy by hosting tour groups and utilizing social media such as Facebook, YouTube and this blog to communicate with consumers. I want to hear your questions and engage in discussions. I want you to see how we treat our cows and feel good about consuming dairy products. 

Lad and our sons heading out to feed the calves
Consumers, please understand farmers have busy days caring for land and animals. The #1 priority on our dairy is our cows. So forgive us if we don’t have the time to write books like Michael Pollan or have the resources to produce movies like Michael Moore. We’re not invited to Oprah or Ellen to tell the story of our farm. The story of the American farmer, the real rock star of the food world, isn’t a ratings grabber or box office hit. It should be.

How many authors have fed calves when it's zero degrees?
Consumers, I ask that you have some faith in animal agriculture. Many of us have been involved in caring for animals for generations. The food we produce for your family is the same food we feed ours. We take pride in doing meaningful work. The representative from Cargill summed it up well on Oprah by saying, “These animals are due a dignified life and a dignified death.” She went on to say, “We respect the animal by using every part of it and not wasting anything.”

As a result of Oprah’s show, many in agriculture are inviting Oprah to spend the day at their farm to learn about animal agriculture. In fact, there’s a Facebook page dedicated to it at Oprah, come visit my farm. I hope Oprah will take us up on our offer and visit some farms across this nation. I bet she’ll be pleasantly surprised by what she finds.

28 comments:

  1. Well said! I attended a Local Food Cleveland networking event last night and during the presentation, it was well put that Farmers SHOULD BE a profession viewed just as important as a doctor!

    I think it is wonderful that you open your doors for the public to see how a Dairy truly operates.

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  2. VEGANS DONT LIKE TO EAT MEAT FROM AN ANIMAL THAT HAS BEEN KILLED. WHERE DO THEY THINK THE LEATHER FOR THERE SHOES COMES FROM?

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  3. Great post - thanks for your sharing your thoughts!

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  4. Hello, First of all to Anonymous... I haven't worn leather for years, but I'm not barefoot I assure you! Ethical Vegans don't wear leather shoes, bags, jackets, etc. There are wonderful alternatives that don't require hides or skins from innocent beings.

    I was a vegetarian for quite a few years thinking that I was following my moral compass in not causing any unnecessary suffering to animals. You are right in this post that 98% of people don't realize the day to day standard procedures that go into dairy/egg/meat products.
    I was horrified to learn of the separation of calf and mother. Even more saddened to fully grasp the slaughter of babies and "non productive" mothers. In hindsight, how could I not have known? But the industries did, (until the internet) keep those details obscured. It was a very simple choice once I realized those truths to opt for plant based milk. Almond Breeze is my favorite... Although I do like Rice Dream and Vanilla Soy on occasion. My health has not suffered nor do I feel I've "sacrificed" anything in the way of "taste".

    Those photos of calves being fed in their "igloos": They are meant to show great care... But I must ask - What if the animal wasn't bred to begin with? Then there would be no need to come to his "rescue". Sort of like putting a dog in a burning building than attempting to look like a "hero" by saving her. Best to not put that animal in a bad situation to begin with. Yes?

    Finally, you say you "care" about your animals... But this "care" is limited to how much monetary profitability these animals represent. And in the end they all meet the cruel bolt gun anyway. I suggest that sanctuaries that also brave sub-zero weather and blizzards to see that the animals are safe DO show true compassion because their motivation is for the animals... Not the "bottom line" on a financial spreadsheet.

    Thanks for inviting comment.

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  5. I think your family is very caring and you believe you are doing a good thing. but it still does not stop the fact that the cruelty of taking a calve from its mother so you can sell the milk is cruel. it does not stop the fact that we dont need dairy in our diets and in fact dairy is harmful to our bodies.
    I understand this is your livelihood and you feel you are humane and caring towards your cows, but the simple fact of a cow having to have a calve each year and than having that calve taken from its mother and sold for veal or what ever you sell it for is simply cruelty and unnecessary.
    I simply cannot accept that any dairy farmer no matter how humane and caring they feel and appear to be do not realize they are still part a extremely cruel and barbaric industry.

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  6. Brenda, with all due respect....you have been lied to. Dairy is so unhealthy for you it's not even funny. Every glass of milk contains more cholesterol than a large fry, along with blood and thousands of PUS CELLS. It causes inflammation in your body, leaches calcium out of your bones which causes osteoporosis, and has also been linked to breast cancer, acne, and allergies. You are believing what you want to believe because that is how you make your living.
    How can you say that what you do is humane? Ripping a baby calf away from her mother is the most cruel thing I have ever seen. They are freezing their asses off in those huts. There is no door, so the cold air comes right in. You are seriously kidding yourself if you think this is acceptable. How about your children were taken away from you at birth and put in a hut? Your story just proves how delusional you are about the cruelty you are inflicting on your animals by showing us pictures.

    Have you read the China Study? The world is waking up to the TRUTH, which is that food animal production is cruel, anything but natural, and TOTALLY UNNECCESARY! Eating meat and dairy are TOTALLY UNNECCESARY, and the leading cause of DEATH in this country. WAKE UP!

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  7. Interesting comment Bea, this is America, if those are your feelings about animals, you are certianly entitled to them. If you don't want to eat meat or use leather products, again that's your right, but please, don't tell me what I have to do.

    The "igloo's" you you speak of are for the animals protection from the elements, farmers don't wake up in the morning and think, "How can I torment an animal today?" This is how it's done, I live in southwestern Pennsylvania and most farmers here allow the calves to graze right along with the herd, it's common to see young calves running in the field in the spring.

    Bea, you seem like a progressive liberal type person. Can I assume you're very much for women's right to abort their baby's? How is this different than what you say farmers do to sell a non productive cow off to slaughter? So it's ok to slaughter a HUMAN BEING, but a cow with an IQ of what may be 25 has superior feelings. As I sit here typing this my 8 day old daughter is sitting here in her infant seat. I wouldn't trade her for the world. She was a human the minute she was concieved, not when she was born. I can say with a fair amount of certianty that I have much more respect for life than you do.

    Again, being a liberal you probably are a very anti-GOD person. So you would have no idea that God placed animals here for our food, and yes carrots, beans and all the fruits and vegetables. He put us above all other animals. Of course you don't read/believe in the Bible, so you have no idea. Oil, coal, gas and timber were clearly put here for our use, they won't destroy us.

    I would love to split the country and people like you could live in a country where there is no coal mining, oil drilling, natural gas, animals, eggs, leather, and see how long you survive. You're electric cars won't get you too far without my coal to power the electric plant that you charge it with, now will it?

    Randy

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  8. I lived on a small-mid sized family owned dairy farm and I am vegan now. The cows were "well treated" and their lives were hell. I have a lot of knowledge, experience, and truthful information. I'm busy today, but I will be back. I will answer questions truthfully.

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  9. Brenda, thanks for sharing your story, which is also the story of thousands of dairy farm families across the country.

    Dairy cattle are domesticated animals that have been bred for hundreds of years to produce high yields. They are dependent upon the farmers who breed, raise, and care for them for survival, just as the farmers rely on their cattle. If you've ever spent time on a dairy farm (which I assume some of the commentators on this board haven't), you know that most cows experience minimal distress at being separated from their offspring. Calves suffer even less: A hungry calf isn't terribly concerned with who provides its next meal as long as it's fed and content. The argument that these animals "suffer" from husbandry practices a century old is a fallacy of human emotion being placed on animals.

    I was raised on a dairy like Brenda's, and I know the time, effort, and, yes, love that go into dairy farming. My dad does what he does because he loves it. My siblings and I are still involved with the farm because we love it. Milk is a wholesome, healthy product and producers like Brenda's family and mine are proud of what we do.

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  10. I appreciate the lively discussion and feel it's necessary to respond. I assure you our animals are comfortable, content and healthy. Some comments express concern regarding how calves are housed and raised. Raising calves in individual hutches keeps them healthy and safe. Please read my blog Newborn Calf and Fresh Cow Care @ http://thedairymom.blogspot.com/2010/06/newborn-calf-and-fresh-cow-care.html to learn more about why this is standard practice in the dairy industry. Our calves thrive in this environment.

    Some comments speak to the myth that dairy farmers only care about making money. Believe me, if we were greedy people, we would not be dairy farmers. Over the last two years, our farm, and the majority of dairy farms across this country, haven't been profitable due to the downturn in the global economy. Our family has made lots of sacrifices to get through this challenging time. Even during difficult economic times, our focus remained with giving our animals excellent care. We continued to provide quality feed, fresh, filtered water and plentiful bedding. The milk prices this year are looking much more promising. In order for dairy farms, or any farms, to be sustainable they must be profitable. I want the same things for my family that you provide for yours. I don't think that's unreasonable.

    Regarding the nutritional attributes of dairy products, the recently released Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 3 daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products. This is because dairy products contain nine essential nutrients; calcium, potassium, phosphorous, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. The fact is that 96% of Americans consume animal proteins and depend on safe, affordable meat, dairy and eggs to feed their family.

    Anyone who believes dairy farmers are "cruel and barbaric" has probably never been to a dairy farm and/or met a dairy farmer in person. I'm very proud of my family and the fact that we work hard everyday to produce a wholesome, nutritious product many families enjoy and depend on.

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  11. I appreciate all the conversation posted, however, I am still perplexed how people can project human traits and feelings on to an animal. Saying it is "cruel" to rip away a new born calf from it's mother is a human sentiment, not one that the cow concerns herself with. Farmers and Ranchers work diligently every day to make sure that animals are treated respectfully and well taken care of with the time they spend upon this earth.

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  12. Join our conversation on the new fan page www.facebook.com/visitmyfarm We are trying to get Oprah to take her crews out and visit farms across the US to show how we really do care for our livestock we raise.

    Mark

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  13. I think that the vegans are being deluded into believing they are better than the farmers and that is not true. As a nurse I have great concerns about such a limited diet. There is hundreds of years of research about out dietary needs and the current guidelines say we need to increase the use of dairy to meet our nutritional needs.
    Furthermore, in addition to food, the animals provide hundreds of other products in our lives like adhesives, medicines, cosmetics, many other things that most people do not know come from animals, leather, jobs for rural people, positive contribution to our balance of trade, etc... We get 40 medicines just from pigs and valves for people who need replacements. The pig valves are preferred as better than artifical valves.

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  14. Valorie, I'd be willing to be that whoever convinced you that "Dairy is so unhealthy for you it's not even funny" was trying to sell you something. There's no science behind your claim.

    I drink 1-2 gallons of milk a week and eat cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, and some butter and cheese. I eat eggs and a little meat and limit my fat intake. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables--overall a balanced diet like humans are supposed to eat.

    I don't balance my diet by computer every day so I have the best diet possible like my brother does for his dairy cows, but I eat more healthy than most Americans. I don't have inflammation in my body, osteoporosis, breast cancer, acne or allergies. My cholesterol level is low and my blood pressure excellent. Dairy is an important part of my healthy diet.

    How do you make your living?

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  15. I don't believe that anyone should bash farmers in anyway because without them...no one would be here today....I guarantee that just about everyone's ancestors were farmers and if they were, they got food and other dairy products from neighbors who were farmers. We wouldn't be able to survive if we all had to be hunters and gathers today. If you choose to be vegan, that's your choice, but don't tell us how to do our job when you havn't seen what we do on a daily basis for yourself. You need to be there for the 18 hours we work a day and go back for a couple days before you really know. I am passionate about farming and do anything I can to give my animals the very best life.

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  16. My questions for you Brenda are:
    1.With the abundance of fluid milk in America what do you do with your excess? Do you sell it to larger companies who combine in with other farm’s milk and sell it to large chain stores like Wal-Mart and large scale food retailers? Or does it go to the stockpiles of dried/powdered milk that sits in storage units?
    2. Do you provide something "different" to your consumers? Like, a value-added offering (glass bottling, butter, cheese, spreads)? What makes your milk so valuable? Other than the fact that it’s your livelihood and important to the survival of your family.
    3. I work for a Cooperative food store in New England and am hosting a panel discussion about the New England Dairy industry. What are your thoughts on Dairy Cooperatives? And what is your opinion about Conventional milk vs. Organic milk?
    4. As a vegetarian by choice and not influence, my opinion may be screwed. I have researched enough and read many articles/books/blogs, etc. to understand that there are too many dairy producers that are not as caring as your family is. To me, that is the problem. I praise your thoughtfulness and love you obviously give to your farm, but why fight on the behalf of so many who are doing it WRONG? Why not simply stand up for only YOUR family farm? It's rather naive to promote this blanket idea that such a high percentage of "family" farms are being a morally responsible as you.

    Thanks!

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  17. Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to write a comment. I’ll do my best to respond to your questions.

    There are 53,127 dairy farms in the United States. The majority of which sell their milk via a cooperative or directly to a processor. All of our milk goes to Middlefield Cheese where it’s made into Swiss cheese. The milk from several farms is combined at the processing plant where it is made into finished products such as fluid milk, cheese, butter, etc. We don’t process our own milk products or sell directly to consumers. There are very few dairy farms that process their own milk into a finished, retail product.

    Regarding milk supply, in 2010, almost 13% of U.S. milk production was sold overseas as dairy product exports (see my blog Dairy Exports - Who’s Consuming U.S. Dairy? @ http://thedairymom.blogspot.com/2011/03/dairy-exports-whos-consuming-us-dairy.html). We live and compete in a global market.

    Being a member of a cooperative is the choice of each dairy producer. We are not members of a cooperative; we are independent producers who make the choice to ship our milk to Middlefield Cheese, a local cheese plant. Regarding my opinion on conventional vs. organic, please see my blog What’s the Difference Between Traditional “Regular” Milk and Organic Milk? @ http://thedairymom.blogspot.com/2010/06/whats-difference-between-traditional.html

    I grew up in the dairy industry, know many dairy farmers and have visited many dairy farms. In my experience, I see most dairy farmers doing it right. They care about animals and that’s why they are dairy farmers – they love what they do. I honestly believe the majority of family farms (98% of all U.S. dairy farms are family owned and operated) are morally responsible and do the right thing for the right reason. I encourage you to examine the motivation of the authors who wrote the articles, books and blogs you’ve read about dairy farming. Are they pushing a specific agenda? Are they sharing factual information? Do they have first-hand experience with dairy farmers?

    More and more dairy producers are taking the time to share their experiences and information about their farm via blogs, YouTube videos and Facebook pages. We need more farmers to have these conversations so people receive accurate information about what happens on farms.

    I appreciate your interest in the dairy industry!

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  18. Cows living in stalls inside a building, looks like Factory Farming to me. Then off to Milking Parlors . . . . . that used to be a place that families relaxed in while entertaining guests, really Brenda! Really looks more like a Factory assembly line.
    Calves taken from their mothers and placed in huts, where they have no room to walk and move about. You look after and nourish them, why not let Mother Cow do that, after all she produces the best nourishment, mother's milk.
    Oh wait, you want to sell that to people so they can drink it!
    Later they are moved to 'Group Houses', houses being the key word here, so reminisence of Factoty Farm. (Wonder what happens to all the males?????) What's wrong with the great outdoors, you seem to have endless land, how about pastures and grass, they are animals, much prefer to live outside than indoors.
    And when Momma is worn out, what happens to her then . . . . . Do you say 'thank you' by taking her life, grinding her worn body into hamburger and tossing her on the BBQ, yum yum!

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  19. Dear Anonymous, You sound as if you can communicate telepathically with animals to determine their wants and needs. As far as I know, animals do not talk. So you have a tremendous gift. I don’t know of any person, in animal agriculture, that possesses the trait you command. We have to rely on research, animal husbandry skills, animal performance and years of experience to provide the best environment for cattle.

    You appear to be an insecure individual that is trying to find an identity or recognition or justification in a vegan lifestyle. Your lifestyle represents very few common sense people. It’s your choice and it doesn’t bother me unless you choose to misrepresent the hard work and dedication that exists on all animal agriculture operations. Take your “talent” somewhere else. Thanks.

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  20. Brenda,
    was disappointed that you spent your time bashing me personally and never did comment and /or answer any questions.
    I do not possess ESP or any other such talent, what I do possess is empathy for all living creatures and because of that it does feel as though I know what they need/want, the Golden Rule applied to animals as well as people. Perhaps I am wrong, but I believe that animals possess emotions such as love and fear and I truly believe they are capable of enjoying life.
    To exist soley for our use is something I have a problem with and honestly do not believe that is their purpose here on earth.
    I would still like to know what happens to all the males and to the mothers after they have fulfilled their usefullness in the milk department . . . . . .
    I did not misrepresent you, I only quoted what I read/saw in the video, and animals do talk, just not in English but take my word for it they most definately communicate among themselves.

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  21. you are quite simply,in denial.you are using and exploiting these animals for your own profit and then slaughtering them and ues,they DO have emotions.i grew up working on dairy farms and have only recently come to my senses about what what was really going on and it is a nightmare.cows are raped by a vet in order to become pregnant,the only way that they will produce milk.by the way,the sperm used comes from masturbated bulls,ask gene simmons of kiss,he invests in this business.you either slaughter the bull calves immediately or you castrate them and then slaughter them later(steers)also,it is very upsetting for all coes to have their babies taken away from them.rather than go on with the sordid details,i will just say that it is all cruel exploitation for money.if this is love i do not want it.dairy is also unhealthy.there is too much calcium and it is the wrong calcium for human beings.it actually causes osteoporosis and animal protein,cholestrol and saturated fat are no good either.the best sources of protein and calcium etc come from plant sources.time to stop jerking off the bulls,raping the cows and murdering them all.

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  22. You sound like a very angry and miserable person with plenty of time on your hands to seek out honest, hard working farmers to bash them. Do you expect me to take you seriously? You are not interested in my answers to your questions. You are only interested in pushing your personal agenda.

    Dairy animals are food animals, not companion animals or wild animals. They deserve and receive excellent care. The purpose of food animals is providing food for humans. Male dairy animals supply beef and female dairy animals provide milk. When the productive life of a cow is over, she will be utilized for beef production.

    Cows eat about 100 lbs of feed everyday. If you feed a high quality diet recommended by a nutritionist, like we do, it’s very expensive to feed cows. Feed is only one of the many expenses we incur each month for the health and comfort of our animals. In turn, they produce milk which we sell in order to provide them with feed, bedding, veterinary care, comfortable housing, etc. Dairy farmers can’t afford to keep cows that are not productive. If you would like to purchase these animals and keep them in your backyard, that’s great. Maybe you have the means to house and care for livestock that produce nothing. We don’t have that luxury.

    Regarding “letting the cow take care of her calf” as you suggest, if we were to leave the calves with their mothers the mortality rate among calves would be much higher. We lose very few calves, but would have many dead calves if we adopted your proposed practice. Again, everything we do on our farm is done for the health and well being of our animals.

    If you were truly interested in learning about dairy farming, it would be easy to find answers to all your questions within the many posts on my blog. Your comments absolutely did misrepresent me and all other dairy farmers in this nation. Our animals are comfortable, healthy and content. We know this because we observe them daily and make it our life’s work to care for animals.

    You claim to have worked on a dairy farm. I don’t know what type of farm you experienced but it certainly is not what I’ve experienced during my lifelong involvement in dairy. In addition to our farm, I’ve been to many dairy farms and personally know lots of dairy farmers. They are good people who care about their animals, families, and communities.

    You are very misinformed about the nutritional value of dairy products. As I stated in my comments above, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage 3 daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products. These evidence-based nutritional guidelines are developed by the federal government to promote health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

    We are lucky to live in a country where there is such an abundant, affordable and diverse food supply. Everyone has plenty of food choices – maybe too many. If food were not so easy to come by, maybe people would have a greater appreciation and respect for the people who produce it.

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  23. I am not a liberal, and I do not believe that dairy farmers go out of their way to hurt any animal. I think actually, like most people, dairy farmers are GOOD people who are trying to help many people get nutritions they need. I don't think that dairy animals are meant to be "pets" or "companions". And you're right -- people need protein. People need calcium. People need all kinds of nutrients that come from meat and dairy products.

    Even if dairy animals were treated with the absolute worst respect and tortured every day, which you have stated they are not (and I agree, I think torturing probably does happen on the rare occasion because I'm sure there are some cruel farmers just as there cruel people in every field) -- I would still say that nutrition is more important for the overall good.

    The problem is that dairy and meat products are NOT beneficial to human beings. I implore all of you to watch "Fork Over Knives" (you can watch it free on netflix). It features two doctors that grew up with parents as dairy farmers who were in a long time denial that dairy and meat could be wrong.

    But they saw that dairy (even of the lowest amount of fat) and meat causes cancer, and that people with cancer that stopped eating it actually REVERSED their cancer! Can you imagine all the wonderful people who have died? It's because it contains CASEIN which is an animal fat protein that is like a cancer FOOD.

    Cow milk actually ENABLES osteoporosis. Sure, it has plenty of calcium and vitamin D, but milk is an ACID and your body fights acid with it's only weapon: bone calcium!

    Please, please, please give "Forks Over Knives" a chance. It looks on both sides of the issue including opinions of USDA agents, not just vegetarians and vegans. Like I said, the doctors grew up on dairy farms themselves. Comparative to doctors who used to advocate smoking before knowing how detrimental it was, they realized that this is NOT the route people should go down. 5% or LESS casein a day is the best policy for you and your children!

    Maybe as a loving farmer, who seems to care so much about people and animals, you will be able to see that we need to farm more whole plants to make them readily available. There's so much evidence of so many cultures who are healthier than us -- not just the usual "obesity and heart disease" but also cancer and so many other diseases -- because they consume less animal products!

    The longer we are in denial, the sadder it is. You can find any nutrient your children and my children need in plants. I hope you can give "Forks Over Knives" (easily found on Netflix) a chance.

    My prayers and love for you and your family,
    The (95%) Vegan Mom

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  24. Dairy and meat cause cancer; a plant-based diet cures cancer; casein is a carcinogen; milk causes osteoporosis; and consuming animal protein is the health equivalent of smoking? I find it extremely difficult to believe these theories.

    This is contrary to what science, and common sense, proves. If a plant-based diet actually did prevent and cure cancer, then it would be widely recommended by everyone in the medical profession.

    People have been consuming animal protein since the beginning of time. Millions of healthy people consume a well-balanced diet which includes meat, dairy, vegetables, fruit, and grains. In addition to a healthy diet, our bodies need physical exercise.

    It’s easy to find a few doctors or “experts” to prove whatever theory you believe in.

    If you choose to be a vegan, more power to you. That’s what makes America great – our freedom of choice.

    My family and I choose to consume a variety of foods including animal protein and we are in good shape. I’m proud we produce a product that has been proven to be an important part of a healthy diet. I enjoy the taste and nutrition benefits of dairy, meat, eggs and a variety of other foods. Like most Americans, I feel good serving animal protein to my family and will continue to do so without feeling guilty.

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  25. Wow I hadn't heard about this Oprah episode, but I really enjoyed your take on it. The idea farmers have about taking Oprah to a farm is an amazing one! I would be so interested in seeing her do an episode over agriculture. Plus it would be a great way to show people the truth about animal agriculture. I love the way you talk about your operation and agriculture. Just by reading your posts and comments I can tell you love your animals. I applaud and thank you for your agvocating efforts! Keep telling your story this world needs all accurate information it can get!


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    1. Thank you! I checked out your blog and really like it. Enjoyed watching the Farm Voices-It's Our Turn video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2TsQs40EoIk.

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