Food production: a reality check

So, I “wasted” an afternoon b/c there were accusations flying around on blogs and Twitter about how the AgChat Foundation that I was involved in founding was a “pseudo non-profit organization that is driven by large bureaucratic entities and corporations”.  Well, I guess I missed that part as we worked through creating and building the […]

Hey Oprah – You Don’t Have to Go Vegan to Be Healthy and Compassionate

Like many American’s, I watched Oprah’s Vegan Challenge last Tuesday as she and 378 of her staff went vegan for 7 days. The show featured two authors, a tour of the Cargill meat processing facility and clips from the week as her staff experienc…

Dino’s Daily Dose – Day 12 – How can I get my husband to stop eating meat?

Today I am going to answer a question from Ginger in Los Gatos, CA. Ginger has asked me several questions via facebook over the past months and I really appreciate…

Animal Activisits are an Important Part of our Future

Below was a comment recently posted on one of my previous blogs, and it really made me think about animal agriculture and how our relationships with consumers have evolved in the past few years thanks to HSUS and PETA…..check out the comment:”I’ve be…

How big a farmer am I?

I’ve often said, before I got involved in social media, my primary outside the farm information sources talked continually of the consolidation occurring in agriculture, the reality that you either need to “get big” or “get out.”  By their definitions, it would be easy to consider my small family farm too small to be sustainable. […]

New Guidelines encourage 3 servings of Dairy each day!

This week the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). As a dairy producer I have been following this issue closely.  We produce…