There's a lot of violence in the world, but here's an area where all of us can make a positive difference, first in our own lives, and then in the lives of others. Together, we can spread compassion far and wide.
The meat industry has achieved a level of crippling paranoia despite the reality that we are a meat loving population. But it would seem to be in the best interest of consumers and trade alike to spend some time listening to each other.
Some steak-of-the-art snobs say that the mere ordering of steak in a restaurant is an art form. Others apply the term "art" to proper grilling. That's overkill. But we can all agree not to emulate my friend's request that a waiter serve his steak tartar "medium rare."
At times, it almost feels like every scientist in the world is secretly conspiring to ruin the idea of a good meaty meal by generating more bad news about meat and well-researched proof that a plant-based diet is optimal for good health.
The meat industry, like much else in U.S. agriculture, has consolidated rapidly over the last half-century. Four giant companies produced 83.5 percent of U.S. beef as of 2007. It is in this context that the mobile slaughterhouse makes local slaughter available and affordable to small farmers.
Blaming the media for exposing this questionable process to the light of day is a textbook corporate move. When you'd rather not answer the hard questions just deflect attention by placing blame elsewhere.
Right now, it's good to be a bison farmer. There's a growing demand for the meat, prices have doubled, and there's a lot more interest in the food community, something attributable to the changing American diet.