Farmers aren't evil. Now can we have a civil conversation?
September 13th, 2012
02:45 PM ET
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Ryan Goodman is a generational rancher from Arkansas with a degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University in Animal Science, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, studying beef cattle management. He is one of many farmers using social media to bridge the gap between farmers and urban customers. Follow his story daily at or on Twitter and Facebook.

A few weeks ago, I received a Facebook message out of the blue asking to stop my support of animal abuse. The person behind the message said I may not realize it, but she believes what I do for a living is inherently cruel.

She described things she feels are wrong with animal agriculture - how baby calves are used for veal production, how cows are sucked dry of their milk until they can no longer function, and how pigs and chickens are crammed into crates to the point where they cannot move. She believes that livestock farming needs to end in favor of plant-based diets to feed the world's population.

'Pink slime' manufacturer sues ABC News for $1.2 billion in damages
September 13th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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Beef Products Inc. announced Thursday that the company has filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit against ABC News, three reporters (Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila and David Kerley) and others, claiming damages as a result of their reports on BPI's lean finely textured beef product (LFTB) more colloquially known as "pink slime."

"There has to be some consequences for news organizations to be more truthful," stated Beef Products Inc. founder Eldon Roth in a video extolling the virtues of the product and outlining the company's case against the news outlet. "They hurt real people, and a lot of people."

National peanut day
September 13th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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How shell we celebrate? September 13 is National Peanut Day!

Sure, we hate to get stuck with so many of them at the bottom of a bag of trail mix, but peanuts don’t deserve the bad rap. Here’s 10 fun facts to help change your mind about peanuts:

- Despite their name, peanuts are not a nut, they’re legumes related to the bean family.

- Peanuts originated in South America, most likely Paraguay.

- China produces 41.5% of the world’s peanuts, followed by India and the U.S. Georgia is the leading peanut producer in the U.S.

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September 13th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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