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user picture Mary Pat Sass

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This isn't a topic I've seen brought up on here, but it's a big part of what I do on our farm.  I've been sharing what we do and why we do it on our farm for the past 2 years and as my channels have grown I've been more exposed to just how disconnected some folks are from the people growing their food.  With initiatives like the Pause Act in Colorado, I believe it's more important than ever for those of us involved in agriculture to share our stories. 

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ABSOLUTELY!!!!! You address a HUGE problem in America today.

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Hi Mary Pat!  Thanks for this post. I was unaware of the Pause Act but it appears that it’s a misinformed law. I feel like the food companies need to do a better job at representing and defending what and how producers raise their animals. Do you feel like food companies represent you well or help represent the people that produce the food that consumers eventually purchase?  Have you seen any food companies doing this well representing and defending farmers. Thanks, Mary Pat!!

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Here’s a link to an article on the PAUSE act:

If passed, this would represent a huge threat to animal agriculture in Colorado and beyond. Proponents have until August 8th, 2022 to gather 124,632 signatures (5% of the total votes in the previous election) to get on the Colorado ballot in the 2022 election. That would only leave about three months to educate voters as to the damage this would do to the agricultural sector in Colorado and how it would also increase meat prices considerably. This is very worrisome. We should all continue to track it. 

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Hey Kenny! Sorry I missed your question from earlier.  The one company that stuck out in my head for defending farmers is Culvers.  They do such a great job at it.  In my opinion, most food companies are quick to hop on bandwagons for labeling to what seems to be hot in mainstream (non-gmo, antibiotic-free, all-natural, etc,). But I don't think that serves us well as farmers.  Instead of educating on why these advancements in agriculture are safe and good for our food system, it makes people fearful in their purchasing decisions. 

 

Thank you for sharing that link Sean! I agree, it's something we should all continue to track.  Crazy it was started by two animal activists.

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