Where IS The Beef?

Jan 4, 2012

In this country, omnivores ate over 26 billion pounds of beef in 2010.

All that meat sold for roughly $74 billion. Of course, some of that was the local, grass-fed stuff that food author Michael Pollan would approve of. A lot of it was the “other” stuff that goes into Big Macs and Whoppers.

But even with all those “Billions Served” - times are tough for the beef industry.

Overall, sales are down...then there was this year’s Texas drought, which dropped that state’s cattle population by 600,000. And salmonella in ground beef sickened some New England residents last month.

Today, we’ll talk with a livestock economist from Texas A&M and we’ll hear from a beef farmer from Connecticut who jumped on the grass-fed train before it ever left the station.

We’ll also talk to a reporter who caught an announcement from the FDA right before Christmas. 

This episode originally aired on January 4, 2012.


Audubon Greenwich Film Screening Event:

“American Meat” - A film screening & panel discussion

Saturday, January 28 - 4:00-7:00pm in Greenwich, CT

American Meat is a solutions-oriented macroscopic documentary surveying the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Featuring dozens of farmers across America, the film aims to be an even-handed look at animal husbandry. The screening of American Meat will be followed by a short discussion about locally available meat and foods, and then Slow Food Metro North and Audubon’s partners on this event will host a reception.

The film explains how America arrived at our current industrial system, and shows you the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. Meet tens of farmers across the country that have changed their life to start grass-based farms, and we highlight every day tangible solutions that people can take, to change agriculture in America. From there, the film introduces the current revolution developing in animal husbandry, led by the charismatic and passionate Joel Salatin from the eco-friendly Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA. More information at: www.americanmeatfilm.com. 

$15/person. Space is limited. RSVP required to Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239. Film will begin shortly after 4:00 pm and will be followed by discussion & reception. (Snow Date: Jan. 29). At Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 http://greenwich.audubon.org