Zoetis' Gary Sides Argues That Contrary to What Critics Say- Technology is Great for the EnvironmentThu, 28 Sep 2017 10:19:45 CDT
Earlier this year at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association annual convention, Dr. Gary Sides of Zoetis, presented some practical ideas to help producers defend their businesses and the production practices they use from the various critics that attack the industry. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays was there and spoke with Dr. Sides about the advice he offers cattlemen.
“A goal of my talk was to give our producers tools to defend what they do for a living,” he said. “What I find is, I’m really not speaking to the choir when I talk to these producers, because many of them when they get asked these questions about ‘what do you use to raise beef’ and ‘does it destroy the planet?’ They can’t answer.”
Sides says he tries to equip producers he speaks to, with information they can take with them to scientifically justify and convince skeptics that what they do is good for the environment, good for human health and good for the industry. One of the major concerns held by the public about beef, is the question of hormone treated beef’s impact on human health and development. Sides shuts that argument down offering a few comparisons of products we use every day, which from that perspective shows the insignificance in which hormone treatments have in the big scheme of things. He says the use of this kind of technology and others is critically important to the clean and efficient production of beef.
“The technology we use to raise livestock, not only improves performance, but it decreases the amount of land, feed and water that’s required to raise beef as well as significantly the amount of CO2 produced,” Sides contended. “So, if I believe there’s a CO2 problem on the planet and I remove technology from all of agriculture - just the opposite happens - I increase CO2 levels. Technology in agriculture is great for the environment.”
Listen to Dr. Gary Sides of Zoetis argue the positive impact technology and modern production practices have had in production agriculture with Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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