If you’re not in the Ag Industry, or a foodie, you probably haven’t seen the whole “to-do” about the latest ad campaign from Panera Bread.
But, I figured this was a good time to talk about what some of the labels on your food actually mean.
Here’s what I’d like you to do:
1. Head over to my friend Carrie’s blog and read all about the Panera debacle, and folks, that’s EXACTLY what this is. And while you’re there, subscribe to her feed. She’s a hilarious pragmatic smart-ass.
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
I assure you, you won’t be disappointed in the reads over there, and it will make you think. She does a great job detailing the nitty-gritty of this ad campaign, and I don’t feel like there’s any need for me to re-hash it here.
Now, we don’t provide a finished product en-masse to the public, as we’re a cow/calf operation, but we do finish a few head of cattle each year and sell it via private treaty to people who contact us.
Our finished meat is antibiotic free because, we don’t use antibiotics, well ever. But if you read the above assignments, you understand that all meat you eat from the store is antibiotic free, because there’s a withdrawal period for antibiotics and the residues left behind to leave the system of the animal. My friend Janeal (who is brilliant, btw) does a great job explaining that here. Further, you should all subscribe to her blog feed because she posts great stuff all the time about how your food is produced! So you can see why food labels don’t necessarily mean what you think they mean. And Janeal goes into detail about that, here.
I’d like to also take this opportunity to explain that most all of the grown hormones given to cattle in this country (primarily steers) are all naturally occurring hormones already found in the animal. It’s just an extra dose to help them turn that grass into meat at a more efficient rate. For more information about hormones in meat and dairy cows, you should hustle over here!
My hope with this post is to help you sort out the mess of labels and information that’s out there, by going directly to the source – the folks that produce your food and those who study how meat is produced. If you have questions, you should certainly get in touch with someone who actually produces what you put on your plate!
If you’re interested in additional reading material that’s a hodgepodge of all things Agriculture related, head over to the AgProud Blog and read up!