Mack Graves is 30 year veteran of the meat business. He did his time on the packing side, serving as President and CEO of Coleman Natural Meats, Inc., interim CEO of Meyer Foods, and CEO, Senior Advisor and Board Member of Panorama Meats. He now speaks nationally and internationally on meat and poultry marketing issues. Because he’s recognized as an expert in the natural and organic meat and poultry industries, industry people tend to listen to him.
Yesterday, I received a note from a good friend expressing her annoyance with a fear-monger named Vani Hari, a woman who self-describes as the "Food Babe." She prefers the name Food Babe but she branches out into other fields too, all without a factual compass.
Big ag, big food, big pharma; they've all taken their lumps for being too big, too evil, too bad and too bottom line money oriented. They are nothing more than monstrous, soulless entities. But 'big' is something usually required to finance big things. A really big idea needs generous inputs of big money to become a reality and that's when a big business comes in handy.
Big ag, little ag, hobby ag, cattle business, corn business: whatever it is that you do out on the farm, it's time to make up your mind about what you really want from your local, state and federal elected officials.
Fortunately, in the greater scheme of things, 'activist' videos of animal abuse are rare and reflect only the tiniest, criminal portion of animal agriculture. That they surface at all and those people caught doing the most vile things imaginable to the animals entrusted to their care react in the same, predictable fashion is still disgusting.