Faux Agriculture

We are a nation of imitation. Laminate wood floors, polyester and generic brands. We have come to expect – and even praise – the development of imitation clothing, household goods and vehicles. We have no problem settling for close or kind-of-the-same thing.

The same goes for agriculture. Roof-top gardens are now referred to as farms and agriculture industry analysts are synonymous with farmers. We all can’t raise livestock so we assume that anyone that has saddled a horse is a rancher.

Earlier this week, Burger King announced it was transitioning to cage-free eggs and pork. The restaurant chain – which ironically lost it’s No. 2 fast food chain status to Wendy’s earlier this month – claimed the decision was an ethical one made to improve the living conditions of millions of hens and pigs.

But Burger King – like a lot of us – settled for the imitation agriculture organization. Instead of speaking with farmer about the living conditions of animals and learning why hens are kept indoors instead of being allowed to roam free, they turned to a faux agriculture group that has no idea why farmers use certain practices. They only know what’s trendy and what’s popular and right now that’s cage-free.

Farmers and ranchers put practices in place for a reason. We strive to run the most efficient, safe and productive farms as possible as we struggle to feed an ever-growing population. If cages weren’t best for our animals’ health and well-being we wouldn’t use them. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) which backed Burger King’s move, has no farming or ranching experience. The multi-million dollar organization is made up of attorneys and corporate big-wigs that like to act like farmers but have no idea what goes into producing the protein sources our country demands. They claim to help local animal shelters but only a small fraction of their budget goes to helping household pets escape abuse and neglect. They are the epitome of faux animal advocates.

There’s a reason Coke is still around, because sometimes the real thing really is the best. Talk to a farmer, not a million-dollar corporation that has no connection to the land or animals


7 thoughts on “Faux Agriculture

  1. I don’t have any experience working on an oil rig.
    Does that mean I have no right to protest when Exxon dumps crude oil into our collective water supply?
    This argument is very very lame.
    You folks need to get a better PR consultant.

    1. Mr. Ward,
      Thank you for the comment. You, by all means, have the right to complain about Exxon Oil’s practices. We, as Americans, are guarenteed the right of free speech.
      But, if you had questions about the Exxon’s practices, you would not ask a gas station attendent. That person does not have first-hand knowledge or even second-hand undertanding of what is happening and why. You would naturally go straight to the source and the people involved in a specific incident to get the facts.
      That is all we are asking of the public and national fast food chains when it comes to concerns about animal agriculture. The Humane Society of the United States can complain about farming and ranching practices all they like, but when Burger King or any other company has questions about why poultry farmers use the techniques they do, we ask that they go straight to the farmer. Not a third-hand source.

      Katie

  2. “not a million-dollar corporation that has no connection to the land or animals”
    Seems a perfect definition of Monsanto.

    Who is, sadly, doing most of the talking in this game.
    Or paying freaks like Rick Berman to do the farmer’s talking for him.

    Plus I have no idea what you mean by a ‘gas-station ‘attendant.
    If that is supposed to be some sort of analogy, I don’t see it.

    1. Mr. Ward,
      Yes, Monsanto is a multi-million corporation but it has helped make agriculture more efficient and affordable. Because of new seed technologies developed by Monsanto, we as farmers are able to produce more food using less ground and water.

      1. One wonders at the wisdom of flag-waving for a corporation which is universally despised.
        I understand some farmers are beholden to these evil empires but hopefully you see the folly of aligning with them, unavoidable as it may be.
        Perhaps you do not understand that farmers are under ‘attack’ precisely because of these vast corporate ‘agricultural’ entities.

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