It just doesn’t add up!
Long time no see!! It seems that our blog completely skipped out on the To-Do list for the month of July. Oops! We have been busy saving the world! =) Hopefully we will be able to make it up to you!
Amidst our blogging, tweeting and facebooking, we have been introduced to many awesome organizations such as CommonGround and Kentucky Livestock Coalition. Both of which we highlighted earlier in our blog. We have also been following Animal Agriculture Alliance . They do an awesome job of informing consumers and the media of the truth about animal agriculture and it’s importance to our quality of life by providing us with good, hard science-based facts.
Yesterday I received an e-newsletter from Animal Ag Alliance that featured an article explaining why it is so important to ensure that we get our facts and figures straight before we share with others…if we want the truth we have to share the truth!
Statistics can be powerful- but sometimes it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.
Activist groups are infamous for using headline-grabbing statistics to discourage Americans from eating meat, milk, and eggs. However, their numbers almost never seem to add up. Last month, the Environmental Working Group released its new “Meat Eater’s Guide”. It includes some mind-boggling images and numbers regarding the impact that meat production has on the environment. The report ultimately claims that if all Americans adopted vegetarianism, carbon emissions would be reduced by 4.5 percent, even though the EPA estimates that livestock production accounts for just 3.12 percent of total U.S. emissions. Where did that extra 1.38 percent come from?
Too often, these misguided numbers can come back to haunt agriculture. Case in point: the Union of Concerned Scientists claimed in 2001 that 70 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. are fed to livestock – placing the sole blame of antibiotic resistant bacteria development on animal agriculture. UCS failed to acknowledge that nearly half of that total estimated amount is made up of ionophores and other compounds not used in human medicine that therefore do not impact human resistance.
Next time you hear a shocking statistic, don’t forget to double-check the math. Even more important, we must make it our job to share our own positive, and powerful, statistics. Did you know that compared to 1997, each pound of beef produced today uses 30 percent less land, 20 percent less feed, and 14 percent less water? Did you know that the estrogen (a naturally occurring hormone in many foods) levels in dairy and beef products from animals treated with growth promotants are essentially the same as products from untreated animals? In fact, a 4 oz serving of beef from a steer given hormones contains 1.6 nanograms of estrogen, while the average soy latte contains 30,000 nanograms!
Agriculture’s story and its facts need to be shared just as frequently and just as loudly as those of the opposition.
- Kay Johnson Smith
Executive Vice President
This Activist Web is something else to check out!
“Activists often hide their true agenda in order to gain the support of unknowing pet lovers. Here, you will find current updates from the world of animal rights.”
(If you click on the picture it will link you to Animal Agriculture Alliance’s website where they explain in further detail.)
Don’t give up on us! We will be back!
All the Best,