|NC A&T University provided animals from the college's farm.|
Since my daughter, Kaylyn, was out of school for Spring Break, and since she is the NC Jr. Beef Ambassador, I told her she should come along to help educate the students about beef. So, she grabbed her box of educational materials, and I packed the truck with what I needed, and off we went.
A real eye-opener
|Kaylyn with beef educational materials.|
I have to give credit to Kaylyn for her ability to think quick on her feet. She asked the boy who thought beef would get stuck in his stomach where he got the information from. He said, "The t.v.!"
|NC Department of Agriculture food shopping cart...always a hit!|
Something to Crow about...
I had to laugh recently when a popular national morning news show featured Sheryl Crow and her personal chef Chuck White to promote Crow's new recipe book. They were actually making a beef recipe from the book. As a beef producer, this was an encouraging sign. The chef went on to say that he prefers grass-fed beef because of its leanness and flavor. Okay. No problem there. The beauty of the beef industry is that it provides different options to consumers. But then Crow piped in and said that she likes to buy her meat locally and looks for organic. I raised an eyebrow a bit wondering where this was about to go. Okay, again not a big deal if she is looking for organically grown meat; HOWEVER, did she mean that just because the beef being used in the recipe was grass fed beef that is was organic? If she did, then she may be a bit misinformed and is doing what a lot of people do by taking current food "buzz words" and confuse them with the true meanings. Just because a cut of beef is grass fed doesn't mean it is organic. This is a common misconception. My advice to Crow and other consumers who like to buy locally is to make sure they ask local beef producers how they actually grow their beef. This way they know exactly what they are getting and they'll be more educated about their food production.
Folks, the bottom line is this. If you don't understand something regarding how your food is produced or raised, ask a farmer or call your local cooperative extension representative. Like your teachers always said, "There are no stupid questions!" It is better to be informed with the facts.