I recently found myself in a disagreement of sorts with a California restaurant owner over “ethical meat” – that was his term, not mine.
After reading an article by the restaurant owner on diet changes that will improve your health and productivity I promptly scrolled down to the comment section and began sharing my point of view.
The restaurant owner insisted that “factory farming” made grain-fed beef an “unethical” source of beef because cattle owners “pumped” their animals full of antibiotics and grain –an unnatural food source. His comments, accusations and urges to forgo grain-fed beef insulted not only myself but the operation my husband and his family have worked to start, grow and continue.
I immediately began responding to his article. I have absolutely no problem with people preferring grass-fed beef to grain-fed animals. What I do have a problem with is a restaurant owner – who likely has never been to a ranch or cattle facility in his life – sharing lies and untrue statements with hundreds, possibly thousands, of readers. In today’s digital age, people take statements as the truth and it is my job as an advocated for my farm and the entire agricultural industry to correct the incorrect and ridiculous statements that are put out there on an almost daily basis.
The truth about grain-fed beef is that cattle can consume and digest grains just the same as they do grass. Grains are in no way an unhealthy food alternative and we do not vaccinate our cattle for the fun of it. We give our cattle shots when they are sick – just like many of you do for your self or your family. The grain we feed our cattle is grown on our farm and we feed and care for our animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I do not pretend to know how a restaurant is operated and I surely would not take to the Internet and begin telling people how they should or should not go about purchasing food from a restaurant. That would be irresponsible and dangerous.
If you want to know how your beef is raised, simply ask a farmer. I bet they would be more than happy to show you around. We have no hidden rooms, off-the-record transactions and absolutely nothing to hide. I’m sure you have all seen examples of less-than-ethical ranches and farms but 99 percent of the farmers and ranches in this country treat their animals with the upmost care and respect. We do this because we love providing a safe and healthy protein source for consumers across the globe.