Monday, August 17, 2009

The Slanted Truth

Each month at work I receive 3 or 4 Event magazines. Some of these have really great ideas and information in them, and others have a very slanted angle of what they want their reader to hear. Typical of any kind of publication. The common theme through all of them is the "greening" of events.

In my latest issue of The Planner, there was a article on Reducing you Carbon "foodprint" The article was filled with statistics that really bothered me. They were extremely one sided and but the agriculture industry in a very poor light.

Below are some of the stats that were included:

  • The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share then transport

  • If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains for example the carbon dioxide savings would equal the same as taking more then half a million cars of the US roads.

  • Canadians eat more then twice as much meat as the global average.
To me the first statement is extremely one sided. Without the livestock sector, there would be millions of people who could not get their necessary food requirements let alone eat a balanced diet.

As to the other two statements, it is statements like those that make the agriculture industry as difficult as it is. The work that producers and producers associations do is so damaged by these statements.

In every event that I plan I make sure that beef is served 2-3 times, and that there is meat at each meal. It is something that I believe in and will continue to as long as I am planning events!


Crystal Young said...

Stacy, you have got a great opportunity here to educate a field that is very unfamiliar with agriculture. Just like you talking to your office staff about the benefits of beef, and them wanting to now purchase home-raised product from our family.

The 18% is a statistic that the author is quoting from a United Nations report. Part of the reason why this number is so high is it takes into account all of the rain-forest that is being cut down in South America for agricultural purposes. A practice that is not common in Canada and the U.S. The case is that only 6.4% of green house gases come from American agriculture. U.S. beef farmers also provide 25% percent of the world's beef supply with 10 percent of the world's cattle. I would say that is pretty efficient.

Feel free to visit my blog and look for articles with the keyword Agriculture Advocacy to see the real truth behind agriculture.

RobynBeazley said...

Good for you Stacy! I'm thrilled that your passion for the Agriculture industry can shine through in the events that you plan. Thumbs up! Hope you're having an amazing week diva.