My two favorite blondes had their end of the year gymnastics performance last weekend. At the end of the program, a few special awards were given to gymnasts who demonstrated remarkable character throughout the year.
My favorite 10 year old received the Bulldog Award. The Bulldog Award is given to the gymnast with the most guts and the most determination. The gymnastics coach stated that Megan “was never afraid to try anything that was asked of her.” Quite honestly, I cannot think of a more perfect award to give to my little cowgirl / gymnast.
Megan believes in herself and she is inherently trustful of others.
She also inherited the 110% gene that I talked about last week.
When I try to view the world through Megan’s eyes, I get a very clear vision of hard work, trust and faith. She exemplifies those qualities and also looks for them in the people that touch her life. Those words, hard work—trust—faith, should resonate with all of you who read my “pink slime” blog series. http://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/hard-work-trust-and-faith/
It has been almost two and a half months since the “pink slime” media craze began. Regardless of our desires, it has–one way or another–affected all of our lives. It will continue to affect all our lives for the unforeseen future…
I spend my days caring for cattle that will be harvested to provide beef for all of you. Hard work is something that I love, and it is a steadfast reality in my life caring for food animals. As I look to grow the safest and most nutritious beef using the fewest number of natural resources, I need technological advancements to combine with my hard work. Equipment which enables more beef to be removed from each of my animals during the harvest process is critical to sustainable beef production.
Beef Products, Inc. and their Lean Finely Textured Beef do just this. Their state of the art equipment allows for 12-15 more pounds of beef to be effectively harvested per animal. I harvest somewhere around 5500 animals per year—at 12# additional beef per animal that is 66,000# of beef! This exceptionally lean beef is needed to make the lean hamburger that most consumers desire.
Every Action Has A Consequence…
What are the consequences of the Pink Slime craze?
- A high quality and lean protein source is currently being wasted (along with the natural resources that were used to grow it)…As I write this, hundreds of millions of pounds of lean finely textured beef sit in freezers waiting for retailers to resume purchase of them.
- The price of lean blend hamburger is rising as there is a shortage of it without the use of LFTB.
- A volatile and susceptible live cattle market (the price of my finished animals) saw a 9% decrease in the worth of my animals during the two week period following retail supermarkets removing the product from their shelves. For each 1300# animal, that is a loss of $143.00.
- Beef Products, Inc. shut down several of their processing facilities because of lack of demand for their product. This has resulted in approximately 900 Americans losing their jobs…
While I have enough trust and faith to believe that eventually consumers will feel comfortable eating hamburger made with LFTB, I know that continued hard work and consumer outreach is the only way to accomplish this!
Today, I am asking all of you to do what I believe is the right thing for our country and its food supply. Please take a minute to visit this website (http://act.beefisbeef.com/letter-stores) and write a letter to your retail supermarket asking them to resume purchasing hamburger made with LFTB. It will only take a moment of your time, and it will allow my beef industry partners to continue to work hard to provide you with a sustainable and healthy beef supply.
We both need your hard work, trust, and faith. Follow the example set by my favorite Bulldog Award winner, and determinedly keep the faith!