I was talking to my mother the other day and she brought up something very interesting. When she was at the grocery store (won't name the grocery store to protect the innocent, namely me) the other day she noticed on a "tube" of ground beef that it's country of origin was Mexico, Canada and the US. WOW! So much for quality control.
The Good: Exactly what a cow should be eating!
I got to thinking, all these processing plants with beef from all over God's green earth. Where is the accountability? Where is the face of the farmer? Not there. I'm sure there are SOP's, quality control, etc..etc.. But how do you control quality from another country? Take their word for it? Tour their facilities? Oh yea, there are announced visits by the way! They know when to put lip stick on the cow, dress the place up all nice and pretty so the Q&A people leave that country patting themselves on the back for a job well done. Scary!
My wife and I are in the process of finding local beef farmers to purchase meat from. When you buy from the farm you can choose any amount and cut you want. This was typical back in the "old days" and is starting to make a big come back. I think people are tired of getting sick and having to depend on the government to solve problems the free market would have solved a long time ago. I think it is nice to know the farmer, know what he stands for, what he gives his cows and more importantly what he won't give them.
Anyway, don't take my word for it, take a look at the tubes of ground beef on your next trip to the grocery store. You will probably see what I mean.
"A farm regulated to production of raw commodities is not a farm at all. It is a temporary blip until the land is used up, the water polluted, the neighbors nauseated, and the air unbreathable."