Editor's note: the following is a speech written by 8th grader Elisabeth Loseke for a 4-H presentation in response to a class assignment using inaccurate information about the beef industry.
You would think that in 8th grade computer class you would learn to type faster and with more accuracy. I had hoped to learn about hardware and software, programming and internet usage. However, as I recently discovered, someone with a major agenda is using keyboarding curriculum to send out an error filled message to over 25 thousand junior high kids about
I’m Elisabeth Loseke and this is my 6th year of being a member of the Wranglers and Silver Star 4-H clubs. I show market cattle and horses along with participating in sewing, photography, and veterinary science projects. Since I’ve helped on my family’s feedyard my whole life, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to produce premium beef.
My antagonist is the HSUS, or Humane Society of the
This is what I was assigned to type: “For much of the world, cereal grains supply the main source of dietary protein. The
Maybe this lesson somehow helped to improve my typing skills, but it left a very negative impact on me. Because less than 2% of the
My assignment said that by eating so much beef, we are using many natural resources including the grain, land the grain grows on, and water. In actuality animals turn a liability into an asset. 6% of the earth is permanent pasture that can only be harvested by herbivores. Of these herbivores, cattle are the most efficient in converting these plants into human food. This is not a competition with humans for land or feed.
Only 3% of earth’s total surface area is tillable farmland. With this, farmers are expected to feed the world. Only 18% of the
The final sentence stating that it takes seven or eight pounds of grain to produce a pound of beef, is laughable. The fact is that on average one pound of beef is produced from 2.6 pounds of grain consumption. A market steer’s finishing ration is less than 60% grain. Market cattle can convert 7 pounds of total ration into a pound of gain.
If HSUS really wants to help people in developing countries, they would be trying to educate them so they can be productive and therefore have the financial resources to buy and produce high quality food. I hope that you will help me tackle this enormous task of telling people about our safe and healthy food supply. BEEF, IT’S WHAT I’LL HAVE FOR DINNER!