Greetings from -10 degree Minnesota.
Happy Groundhog’s Day everybody! No matter what little Punxsutawney Phil saw this morning, I’m firmly ready for spring.
I’m not going to post a lot about the farm tonight, mainly because it was such a long, cold night that I’m ready to move on to tomorrow! I will mention that we had a lovely new heifer about 7 pm. We got her into the calf warmer right away, and she’s doing well.
Also… I do have a link I want to share. Let me just give a bit of background.
When I say I’d like to hibernate, it’s not all due to the weather. Sometimes I’d just like to get away from TV, the media, and all the craziness it delivers for a while. But I can’t hibernate, so instead I will comment.
Anybody around here watch Oprah? I haven’t in years, but Oprah’s words carry weight. When she recommends a book, people buy it. And when she recommends a diet, such as the recent episode on going vegan that aired, I have a feeling people try it.
I will be the first to tell you that I think it’s awesome (and I’m grateful) that here in America we can pick our diet and choose what we wish to eat. We are lucky that food is safe, readily available, and generally affordable.
As a farmer, I’m also really concerned about the accuracy and credibility of information that’s given about our food system. I didn’t see the Oprah episode, and I can’t yet directly comment on the info given, but somehow I’m guessing it didn’t exactly give a standing ovation to America’s dairy, egg, and meat farmers. So while I can’t do a direct discussion of the show, I can invite you to check out this post written on a blog I follow called “Confessions of a Farm Wife.”
I hope it provides some good food for thought. Whether you believe in eating animal products or not, I think it’s fair to say that we could all benefit if the media always tried to give a balanced look at any issue they cover. Agreed?
Any other thoughts or comments??