We do not oppose Michael Pollan’s right to free speech but feel you need to hear the rest of the story of food production. Ninety-nine percent of the farms in
Another question was: Does your milk have hormones and antibiotics in it? To which we replied, Not a single load of milk processed in the country has antibiotics in it. It is discarded if it does. All milk has normal hormones and all milk is the same as far as healthiness.
BV: Should food animal veterinarians get involved in these types of things where they have the chance to interact with consumers?
JM: Food animal veterinarians may be more aware of current events than their clients. Although many of our younger clients have gone to college, many do not like speaking about their work. It is a natural tendency for farmers to like working alone, working until a job is done and in a sense they are the exact opposite of a public speaker.
As veterinarians, we need to be their motivators and in some cases the community organizer. Most food animal practitioners don’t do their job for the big bucks – it’s because we love our job and the people we work with every day. Farmers trust us and we need to help them be understood in this age of iPods, Facebook, and the internet. Most our clients and many of us would rather be working than telling the story of agriculture, but if nobody in the profession does, the HSUS and elitist environmentalists will. Veterinarians can speak objectively about working with farmers all day and can communicate how they care for their land and animals."
I would encourage any one who knows of appearances of the Michael Pollans and HSUS or PETA to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you some advice about how we handled our event. We are not a formal organization, just a couple of farmers who had a lot of help.