The Mom at the Meat Counter is expecting
As some of you may know, our family is expecting a new addition! Vallie will have a baby sister, due in mid-November. Everyone at our house is very excited about the new arrival, especially the big sister. This is my second pregnancy. My first was pretty typical, I guess. I had some morning sickness for the first few months. I gained some weight. I fretted about everything. What to eat, what to drink, what medicine to take, what products to use. They painted the hallway in my office, and the ladies I work with made me leave the building. You know, when you... View Blog Post »
Its a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE industry!
In my job, I have lots of great opportunities to see the inside of food processing facilities and farms that most people don’t get to see. That’s part of the fun of being a meat nerd. I am always amazed by the sheer size and scope of the industry when I get to see these facilities in action. For example, I was in a pork processing plant last summer and I was standing in the middle of the bacon slicing room. The slicers are these huge machines with circular blades like 4 feet across. They move so... View Blog Post »
Mom at the Meat Counter: A lesson on pig housing and maternity pens
What if I told you that twice a day, I tie my four-year-old to a chair and leave her there for an hour? No matter how she pleads or cries or protests, she has to be tied down. Some days I strap her to a chair for nine hours or more. Before you call Child Protective Services, think about a car seat. It is against the law for me to transport my small child anywhere without strapping her into a car seat. She may not like it, but it’s best for her. Everyone understands the dangers of not using car seats. No one... View Blog Post »
We need to get more “Moms on the Farm”!
In my last post on PorkNetwork, I told you about a program called, “Moms on the Farm.” To refresh your memory, we take urban moms to actual working farms so they can get a true-to-life picture of production agriculture. We held one such tour on April 13 and the post-tour survey blew my mind. One mom said she really appreciated going into the chicken house and seeing how chickens are raised. Here in Arkansas, you see trucks hauling chickens all the time. They’re packed together pretty tightly in little crates. This woman thought chickens lived their entire lives in those little... View Blog Post »
The food fear factor
Moms don’t want the company line when it comes to food. They want the truth, and they want to feel good about the food they’re buying and preparing for their families. When it comes to meals away from home, they don’t want to feel guilty because they run by McDonald’s every now and then to feed their kids. They shouldn’t. There’s a tremendous amount of variation in type, variety, calorie count, fat and sugar content, and nutritional value of the food available to you in this country. But when it comes to food safety, you can walk into a grocery store,... View Blog Post »
The Mommy Lode
Editor’s Note: We thrilled to welcome Janeal Yancey as a new blog contributor. Yancey is a meat science program technician in the animal science department at the University of Arkansas. She attended Texas Tech as an undergraduate, where she studied animal science and was a member of the collegiate meats judging team. She then completed a Masters degree in meat science at Kansas State while coaching the meats judging team, and followed that with a Ph.D in meat science. In her blog called, “Mom at the Meat Counter,” she connects with non-farm moms to answer questions and help them feel... View Blog Post »
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