Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Doing Your Own Research

Our youngest graduated from high school!  Here he is with his Grandparents.

As I sat in my living room and watched Dr. Oz today, I was getting VERY upset. The segment was on super bugs found in meat. His guest sat there and blasted beef saying they were all given antibiotics just because unless they were labeled organic. Those of you whom know us or have been to the farm, know that this is not the case for us!

Here is the comment that I posted on his Facebook page today (just in case it is not left up for the public to see). People need to know that they need to be cautious in taking the word of these public figures without doing their own research.

Dr. Oz: I am VERY unhappy with your segment today on beef. How do you and your guest know what is done to the beef we raise? Have you been to everyone of our farms to watch us and ask us questions? 97% of farms in the United States are family owned and operated. As one of these families, I took great offense to you and your guest saying that unless beef was labeled 'organic' it would have been given antibiotics. First of all, animals labeled organic could have very well gotten into someone else's feed or pastures and consumed things that were not organic. Secondly, when we raise our animals, they are only given antibiotics as needed. Antibiotics are too expensive to give 'just because'. As a small family farm, we can not afford the extra steps that it takes to get some of the labeling that our animals would qualify. As a solution, how about cautioning people that the practice for some is to give antibiotics to their animals, 'just because'? How about a segment on 'getting to know where your food comes from'?

Until next time, remember.......Beef, It's What's for Dinner!