Wednesday, October 15, 2008

An Invitation to Oprah

IFB Invites Oprah to Visit Livestock Farm
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The president of the state's largest general farm organization says daytime talk show icon Oprah Winfrey has a standing offer to travel downstate, strap on some boots and visit a livestock farm in her backyard.

Oprah is obviously interested in the subject of animal welfare, and we have a great story to tell, said Illinois Farm Bureau president Philip Nelson, a LaSalle County grain and livestock producer.
Winfrey's show Tuesday was devoted entirely to the debate over Proposition 2, an initiative that will appear on next month's California ballot which would severely regulate poultry, veal, and pork production.

"If Oprah is willing to take some time out of her busy schedule to visit a farm, she would discover that modern livestock producers are ethically committed to the well being of their animals. Our livelihoods depend on the production of healthy animals. No one understands better than a livestock producer that well cared for animals mean healthy food for Americans and the rest of the world." Link

If Oprah is really interested in learning the truth about modern livestock production, she should jump at this opportunity. While I highly doubt she would want to actually do such a thing, it is great to see producers that are willing to tell their story. Everyone in the agriculture industry needs to always be looking for opportunities to share their story of food production.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We agree and have seen firsthand that most American farmers genuinely care about the welfare of the animals they raise.

My company, HS3 Technologies, is currently partnering with The American Humane Association (AHA) on a program that certifies farmers raise animals humanely for food. We’ve been to many farms across the country to install our video surveillance technology to serve as an independent monitor and provide transparency for the industry.

Mark Lana
CEO, HS3 Technologies, Inc.