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What Is In America's Future?

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mike_rowe.jpg If you haven't read this blog post, What Is In America's Future? by Dirty Jobs contributor SRM yet, than you definitely need to check it out today on BEEF Daily! Mike Rowe is the host of a show called Dirty Jobs, a program dedicated to exploring the hard work that average Americans do to make life easier for everyone else. For Rowe, that sometimes means visiting farms where he has done things like pulling baby calves and castrating lambs. As a result of his experiences and common sense approach, a rare thing in Hollywood, Rowe is now championing for agriculture's cause. Read an excerpt of his blog post below, and you, too, will feel an urgency for agriculture to unite and get Mike Rowe on board for what could be a truly dynamic campaign for food producers.

What Is In America's Future? By Mike Rowe

dirty-jobs-logo.jpg I’m really bugged about something and I’ve decided to throw it out there. Here’s my question – Are the American farmers heading towards the same fate as America’s auto industry? I know some of you are already thinking “What the heck is this guy talking about?” but just stay with me for a few minutes.

I live in California and I’m one of those people who adopt abandoned dogs. I’ve sent my $25 checks to the Humane Society after watching particularly awful commercials on TV showing little pets horribly mistreated and suffering. I completely support spaying and neutering of animals in most instances and would adopt an abandoned pet before I’d ever get one from a breeder or pet store. I don’t eat veal but I’m not a vegetarian. I’m not the only one who doesn’t get a vegetarian who still wears leather belts, jackets or shoes or carry leather purses but that, too, is another story. Those are my choices and I’m not telling anyone else what to do – it’s a free country. I didn’t vote for the proposition they’re talking about because it didn’t make sense to me. I couldn’t buy into the emotion of seeing animals in cages and using the worst examples of some unethical people as the end-all be-all for every farmer in the state – passing that measure would negatively affect our food sources and our farmers.

I happen to believe that using emotion to manipulate voters is just plain unethical and wrong. Who wouldn’t get choked up to see a mistreated animal? And look, I’m sure that some farmers use methods that are not humane. I’m equally sure that there are many who don’t. Just like all blonds aren’t dumb and all polish people aren’t stupid, the few bad eggs shouldn’t represent the many good ones (sorry – I just couldn’t resist saying that). Should we put every good citizen in prison and let the prisoners run free? Just like you can’t say that every person who owns a puppy is going to treat it like the bozo down the street that runs a puppy mill, you can’t say that all farm animals are abused and all farmers are to blame. I don’t believe that keeping a chicken in a cage, free from bad weather or predators and feeding them well and making sure they stay healthy is a bad thing. My grandparents had chickens. I know what the chickens did all day and what they were happy doing and it didn’t include much else besides eating, “talking” to all their pals and laying eggs. Seriously (no disrespect to all the chickens out there).

To read the entire article, link here. What are your thoughts on Rowe's comments? Leave your opinions in the comments section below, and be sure to share those same thoughts in Rowe's blog, as well!

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