This fear campaign sadly portrays farmers who use antibiotics as lazy. My Farmer puts in long, hard days 24/7/365 to ensure the best environment for our pigs. We conduct proper antibiotics use in our hogs to keep our livestock healthy. Afterall, healthy animals provide healthy food. Antibiotics help prevent and control disease. And did you know, the FDA doesn't allow meat to be sold with traces of antibiotics above strict safety limits. FDA and the US Food Safety and Inspection Service have regulations that requires specific withdrawl times, or a set number of days that must pass between the last antibiotic treatment and the animal entering the food supply. This ensures the drugs have sufficiently cleared an animal's system. The Panera Bread campaign, along with many others, tout being antibiotic free. The thing is, no meat in the US food system has antibiotics in it - so technically, all meat is antibiotic free.
Then this week a friend of mine alerted to me about the New York Times article, "Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?" by Nicholas Kristof. Mr. Kristof believes our descendants will be "mystified" by how we, people of the 21st century, could have been "so oblivious to the unethical treatment of animals." The well being of the pigs on our farm is a very high priority of ours. My Farmer and I are constantly exploring new ways to raise our animals in the best way that ensures our hogs to be healthy and content. The housing we raise our pigs in is well ventilated, the perfect temperature, well lit, clean and scientifically designed to meet the needs for temperature, light, water and food for our animals.
|My Farmer doing his daily hog chores|
He is standing next to the "food court" that our pigs eat at
I for one am proud to be a 5th generation farmer who, like the name of my blog says, raises corn, soybeans, pigs and kids on My Farmer's and my North Central Iowa farm. We work hard everyday to ensure the best well being for our livestock. Join me and share your voice in the discussion with these campaigns, articles and stories. I'm proud to report that due to feedback already from Panera's EZ Chicken campaign, some aspects of the campaign have already been taken down or cancelled. But we still need to share the "inside" story of animal agriculture with them, the New York Times and tomorrow night with National Geographic!