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Letter: ‘Dude, it’s beef’
Re: “Staples on hype: ‘Pink slime’ is healthy, lean beef,” April 4
I applaud your front-page story on the lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) controversy, and I commend Pat Kopecki’s accurate reporting of the circumstances and facts surrounding this issue.
Agriculture is the foundation of this country and vital to the continuance of our economy and world leadership status. Farmers and ranchers are honest, caring people who for generations have nurtured the land and livestock as only stewards of the range can do, yet they are under constant scrutiny and ridicule by extremists who have preyed on consumer fears with groundless and faulty information.
Great strides have been made in farming practices and technologies and also in animal genetics and performance that have allowed us to produce more products in a very effective and efficient manner. The food costs in this country are a small part of our income, yet we Americans seem to take for granted and condemn modern agricultural practices. As the world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, it will be American agriculture that will be expected to feed the world.
Through land grant universities and other avenues, our farmers and ranchers have unselfishly given their knowledge to third world and developing countries in an attempt to lessen the severity of famine and help people to provide nutrition. U.S. beef is highly sought after in Europe and Asia because no one else in the world can replicate the taste and tenderness that our beef producers have taken generations to develop. Alternatives for LFTB do exist; however, they are not inexpensive, nor will they offer the same quality.
There are many informational websites on LFTB such as www.beefisbeef.com, and those wanting to show support can order a T-shirt with “Dude, it’s beef!” from Mark It, Sioux City, IA 712-255-7979.
Please support U.S. agriculture and continue to pray for its survival.
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