Producing Beef for First World CountriesMon, 04 Oct 2010 4:40:40 CDT
Dan Thomson of Kansas State University says that cattle producers have to realize that we produce beef for "first world" countries. That means we are producing beef for people who live in a developed, affluent country that are removed from agriculture by a generation or more. These people are comfortable and respond to appeals by what he calls vegan driven groups that want to impose their goal of animal agriculture being eliminated in this country. People in poor, third world countries simply do not have the luxury of paying for relatively expensive meat protein. They face a daily struggle just to survive.
As a result, we have to realize that we cannot just produce our beef without paying attention to animal well being concerns- and without getting engaged in telling the story of how beef producers do a good job of caring for their animals as we provide a desirable product for society.
Thomson explains his thoughts on this in today's Beef Buzz.
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