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Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, PhD
Professor & Director
Center for Food Animal Wellbeing
Change of Pace….
It seems that in every conversation about the disconnect between people and their food, the need for more industry transparency comes up. Most people assume that means that there is open access to a poultry house/barn. Of course, that would be the ideal situation, but in most cases, the need for strict biosecurity makes that a problem, especially as we move away from use of antibiotics to prevent disease.
However, we can have more “transparency” by using cameras that can be viewed online. There are already several companies actually doing this and others have posted videos on their websites and YouTube. These options may not be ideal, but they are certainly worthwhile.
Equally important is the use of language… that is, tell your friends and neighbors, people at church, in clubs, at sporting events what you do. Instead of “I am in the poultry industry” or “I grow turkeys” explain the process. People are interested and they will have questions. Be the source of good information for those around you. I am continually amazed at the questions I’m asked. Some are common, such as those about added hormones. Others are surprising and in some cases shocking. I find myself doing research to come up with the correct answers.
Since I have access to resources that some of you may not have, I’ve decided to share the work I’ve done by replacing this blog with questions and answers. Each will be referenced and saved in the archives for later use. This way the site can become a source of information to help you in talking to those outside of agriculture.
I will also include some fun facts that I’ve sometimes found help open a conversation. And, of course, please send me suggestions. That way I can learn along with you. My email address is email@example.com.
Have a peaceful holiday season and wonderful 2014!