Overfed and Undernourished?

It is common today for Americans to surpass their daily calorie requirements, but not meet their daily requirements for nutrients.  That explains why so many of us are turning out to be overweight, but undernourished.  Like cattle, we need a balanced diet that includes the five nutrient groups: protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins & minerals, and water.  Notice I didn’t mention fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, etc.  We don’t need any of them as such.  We need
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American Beef Goes to China

Earlier this month (June 2017), the U.S. and China confirmed that U.S. produced beef would be exported to China for the first time since 2003.  That’s a 14 year loss of export opportunity to U.S. ranchers, feeders, and packers.   Prior to the ban, the U.S. was the largest supplier of imported beef to China.  What changed in 2003 and in 2017?  When China initiated the ban in 2003, it was “stated” that it was over
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What is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)?

The “Veterinary Feed Directive” is a new document that better allows the government to audit the use of oral antibiotics used in Beef Production. Why do we care? Well, there is concern both in animals and humans that we are seeing a rise in bacteria that are becoming resistant to our commonly used antibiotics.
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Male Meat?

While sitting at a sidewalk cafe last week, a older woman at another table struck up a conversation.  She seemed lonely and wanting to talk to someone, anyone.  Having a difficult time hearing  because of the sound from the fountain,  I got up and walked over to her table. “You look familiar, where do you work”, she asked.  I explained that I taught Animal Science classes at the local Community College for 20+ years.  As
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Is there such a thing as humane slaughter?

When teaching Beef Production at community college, I had the opportunity to take students to a commercial processing plant.  Whether they were from ranching families or had no livestock background, rarely had any of them witnessed the commercial processing system. On the hour drive to the plant each semester, the dialogue would begin, one student at a time. “Ms. Gardella, I want to go on this tour, but I don’t want to go on the
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