Category: Food

I’ll have a burrito with extra salsa, hold the bull****

I had every intention of taking a nap during my lunch break today, but I made the unfortunate error of clicking a link to Chipotle’s new video promoting their “Scarecrow” game.Sigh.Once again, a restaurant chain is vilifying and grossly misrepresenting…

I’ll have a burrito with extra salsa, hold the bull****

I had every intention of taking a nap during my lunch break today, but I made the unfortunate error of clicking a link to Chipotle’s new video promoting their “Scarecrow” game.Sigh.Once again, a restaurant chain is vilifying and grossly misrepresenting…

Ty’s Brownies

When it comes to summer at our house, there’s always plenty of people around. We have ranch interns, kids, nieces, nephews, and often we invite everyone who lives on the ranch, which is two of the cowboy’s brothers and of course his mother, to supper at our place. Add to that the fact that in […]

Ty’s Brownies

When it comes to summer at our house, there’s always plenty of people around. We have ranch interns, kids, nieces, nephews, and often we invite everyone who lives on the ranch, which is two of the cowboy’s brothers and of course his mother, to supper at our place. Add to that the fact that in […]

Antibiotic-Free and Responsibly Raised?

There’s a trend with restaurants today who find value in promoting their meat as “antibiotic-free” or “hormone-free” or “responsibly raised”. They position these products as better quality and ask that consumers pay more for that “quality”. This strategy might sell more chicken sandwiches and burritos, but it’s bad for livestock and poultry farmers. Why? It’s misleading causing unnecessary fear of food.

Is this meat healthier, tastier or come from animals that were treated better just because marketing campaigns say it’s so? NO!
There are companies and farms that offer meat from animals that have never been given antibiotics. If you choose to buy those products because you want to support the practice of never giving animals antibiotics, that’s fine, but you should know that meat from these farms are not guaranteed to be free from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The meat is not any safer than the meat that does not make that claim,” according to a mom with a Ph.D. in meat science.  
The latest company to jump on the bandwagon of marketing their chicken as “antibiotic-free” is Panera Bread. They go so far as to call farmers who use antibiotics “lazy”.
A fellow dairy producer, Carrie, wrote this great blog Asking Panera Bread Companyto explain their pill-popping EZ chicken campaign which belittles farmers who use antibiotics. “I mean really, who in the world would approve a marketing campaign that insults the very people that provide every scrap of ingredient that makes your product? But wait you say, Panera isn’t calling all farmers and ranchers lazy! They are just calling the ones that use antibiotics lazy! I used antibiotics to help a sick calf get better last week, my friends the organic farmers had a cow with pneumonia and they gave that cow antibiotics to make her better. They had to sell her, but she lived. Does that mean we are lazy? Is it lazy to take care of our sick animals?” asks Carrie.
She followed up with another blog sharing Panera Bread’s response to her questions. Check it out at Panera has to say for themselves#PluckEZChicken. Here’s a picture of EZ Chicken Panera Bread created and Carrie shared – nothing like creating a pill shaped chicken to get your point across and sell more chicken sandwiches!

Thanks to Carrie for having the courage to question Panera Bread publicly!

Chipotle advertises their meat as “Responsibly Raised”. They purchase only “naturally raised” meat and claim to have to “work hard to find farmers who meet their standards”. Chipotle’s message is, in a nutshell,  the majority of U.S. livestock and poultry farmers are doing a poor job with their animals. This is absolutely not true. Farmers are committed to caring for their animals.  Excellent animal care is a priority with all the farmers I know. Providing an optimal living environment, quality feed, fresh water, and medical treatment when necessary is not the exception, it’s the rule.

It seems everyone is a livestock/poultry care expert these days. Why is it that people who’ve never been on a farm, and have no experience with farm animals, think they are experts who need to dictate animal care standards to farmers who spend every day caring for animals? The idea that only a small percentage of farmers “responsibly raise” their animals or only “lazy” farmers use antibiotics is ridiculous. The majority of farmers are intelligent, educated people who make decisions based on science, experience, facts and what is best for the animal. There is a reason for everything done on a farm and that reason centers around animal welfare.
Panera and Chipotle are not the first restaurants that use these tactics to sell food and they won’t be the last. It’s a shame that they feel the need insult the majority of farmers in order to sell burritos and chicken sandwiches. If you have questions about food, I encourage you to check out these reliable sources. The factual information you’ll find here is actually from people who have experience with farming and food.
Find Our Common Ground – This user friendly site provides answers to questions from food and farm experts. You can find info on anything from animal welfare to food safety to GMO’s.
Best Food Facts– facts from credible experts with a background, experience and credentials in food and farming.

Antibiotic-Free and Responsibly Raised?

There’s a trend with restaurants today who find value in promoting their meat as “antibiotic-free” or “hormone-free” or “responsibly raised”. They position these products as better quality and ask that consumers pay more for that “quality”. This strategy might sell more chicken sandwiches and burritos, but it’s bad for livestock and poultry farmers. Why? It’s misleading causing unnecessary fear of food.

Is this meat healthier, tastier or come from animals that were treated better just because marketing campaigns say it’s so? NO!
There are companies and farms that offer meat from animals that have never been given antibiotics. If you choose to buy those products because you want to support the practice of never giving animals antibiotics, that’s fine, but you should know that meat from these farms are not guaranteed to be free from antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The meat is not any safer than the meat that does not make that claim,” according to a mom with a Ph.D. in meat science.  
The latest company to jump on the bandwagon of marketing their chicken as “antibiotic-free” is Panera Bread. They go so far as to call farmers who use antibiotics “lazy”.
A fellow dairy producer, Carrie, wrote this great blog Asking Panera Bread Companyto explain their pill-popping EZ chicken campaign which belittles farmers who use antibiotics. “I mean really, who in the world would approve a marketing campaign that insults the very people that provide every scrap of ingredient that makes your product? But wait you say, Panera isn’t calling all farmers and ranchers lazy! They are just calling the ones that use antibiotics lazy! I used antibiotics to help a sick calf get better last week, my friends the organic farmers had a cow with pneumonia and they gave that cow antibiotics to make her better. They had to sell her, but she lived. Does that mean we are lazy? Is it lazy to take care of our sick animals?” asks Carrie.
She followed up with another blog sharing Panera Bread’s response to her questions. Check it out at Panera has to say for themselves#PluckEZChicken. Here’s a picture of EZ Chicken Panera Bread created and Carrie shared – nothing like creating a pill shaped chicken to get your point across and sell more chicken sandwiches!

Thanks to Carrie for having the courage to question Panera Bread publicly!

Chipotle advertises their meat as “Responsibly Raised”. They purchase only “naturally raised” meat and claim to have to “work hard to find farmers who meet their standards”. Chipotle’s message is, in a nutshell,  the majority of U.S. livestock and poultry farmers are doing a poor job with their animals. This is absolutely not true. Farmers are committed to caring for their animals.  Excellent animal care is a priority with all the farmers I know. Providing an optimal living environment, quality feed, fresh water, and medical treatment when necessary is not the exception, it’s the rule.

It seems everyone is a livestock/poultry care expert these days. Why is it that people who’ve never been on a farm, and have no experience with farm animals, think they are experts who need to dictate animal care standards to farmers who spend every day caring for animals? The idea that only a small percentage of farmers “responsibly raise” their animals or only “lazy” farmers use antibiotics is ridiculous. The majority of farmers are intelligent, educated people who make decisions based on science, experience, facts and what is best for the animal. There is a reason for everything done on a farm and that reason centers around animal welfare.
Panera and Chipotle are not the first restaurants that use these tactics to sell food and they won’t be the last. It’s a shame that they feel the need insult the majority of farmers in order to sell burritos and chicken sandwiches. If you have questions about food, I encourage you to check out these reliable sources. The factual information you’ll find here is actually from people who have experience with farming and food.
Find Our Common Ground – This user friendly site provides answers to questions from food and farm experts. You can find info on anything from animal welfare to food safety to GMO’s.
Best Food Facts– facts from credible experts with a background, experience and credentials in food and farming.

Is It Natural – or Not

Natural claims on labels are a point of contention. Many folks want natural until it interferes with life. A great example are those who push for all natural everything. While we seek to raise lambs on grass and animals on outdoor systems wherever possible, much of what is seen as natural really isn’t. The same […]

Still Feeling the Impacts of the 2012 Drought

The drought of 2012 may be over but the impact from the drought is still being felt on our farm every day.  A lot of last year’s corn crop had aflatoxin in it.  As a result, we have to test … Continue reading

Transparency in Food

Today I should have been in Chicago attending the Food Dialogues discussion regarding transparency in food.  I wasn’t able to attend because we are still trying to plant beans on our farm and we have hay that is ready to … Continue reading

Pricing Rabbits – It’s Too High?

I hear quite a few people online comment about the prices we give for rabbits. Usually with “that much?!” Well here’s the thing. Step on the other side behind the scenes here for a few minutes. My foundation buck a few years ago was $75. He was Best Opposite Sex Giant Chinchilla at the ARBA […]