Hannah Weeman of the Animal Ag Alliance Explains Why "Clean Meat" is a Dirty Word in AgricultureTue, 23 Jan 2018 09:54:03 CST
Paul Shapiro, formerly with the Humane Society of the United States, recently authored a book entitled, Clean Meat. Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance says she is concerned about the implications of this term and concept that Shapiro is promoting.
“There’s a reason the activist groups are pushing that term, ‘clean meat,’ over things like cellular meat or lab grown meat,” she told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays in a recent interview. “First of all, it implies that conventionally produced meat, or as I like to call it - ‘meat’ - is somehow unclean or dirty in comparison. It also distances the product from the technology used to produce it.”
In fact, she says in some cases, even plant-based products are thrown under this new umbrella term adopted by activists. Thompson-Weeman explained that typically, consumers do not share an enthusiasm for technology in their food production. This is a major contributing factor as to why activists want to push the term. However, she insists it is critical for agriculture as an industry and its advocates to push back on the damaging implications the opposition is trying to present. The unfortunate thing about the situation, though, is that this technology could be and should be and is a part of the overall strategy to provide protein to a world with a growing demand.
“The industry isn’t afraid, it’s not threatened by these products,” Thompson-Weeman said. “Folks that I’ve talked to, even the companies that have invested in these products, have made it very clear it is an ‘and’ proposition and not an ‘or’ proposition at all for them. We just want to make sure the product is named accurately and labelled accurately so people know what they are getting.”
Listen to Thompson-Weeman and Hays discuss this new term, “clean meat,” and why it is potentially damaging to production agriculture, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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