Hard Work, Trust, & Faith: A Beef Farmer on the "Pink Slime" Controversy

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It is hard to trust someone or some process that we do not personally know. It is especially hard when emotional journalism repeatedly reports inaccurate information regarding the person or the process. Quite frankly, I believe that the Pink Slime Media Craze of the last two weeks brings the term March Madness to mind.

Much more importantly, however, I believe that if we invoke a little bit of trust and look at the solid science that is behind the technology of creating Lean Finely Textured Beef that we will realize that Mr. Roth has done something that should make us all proud. He has used his experience and his problem solving skills to create a healthy and quality product that we can feel good about feeding to our families. I hope that one day I will be lucky enough to meet Mr. Roth so that I can thank him in person. Until then, I will leave you will a final few thoughts…

Proud of her country...

In order for our country to prosper in 2012 and beyond—

We must trust that scientific advancements are tested to ensure that they are safe…

We must trust that farmers are providing good care to their animals and doing their best to provide safe food…

We must trust that we are all on the same team, and that together we can work to make the world a better place…

Without that trust, we will never reap the benefits that we continually seek with new technology. Today, I am thankful to be a part of a group of people that plays a pivotal role in the survival of our country. I grow animals that feed people. Mr. Roth both helps to improve the environmental footprint of my farm by ensuring that no nutritious lean beef is wasted when my animals are harvested, and he ensures through remarkable food safety measures that the beef that I feed to my children is as safe as possible.

Food safety is a priority that Mr. Roth and I share...

The bottom line is that I have faith in my food supply—Do I have absolutely every answer about every process that is used to grow and prepare my food? No, but I have faith in my fellow Americans who partner with me every day to ensure that the country that I love so much prospers.

Take a moment to watch this YouTube clip that Mr. Roth's company put together to help us all understand what he is doing…

Read this article to hear the thoughts of a mother turned food safety advocate on LFTB and Beef Products, Inc.

Our kids are both the center of our world and the future of our country.
Feeding them well is our #1 priority...

Anne Burkholder

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