Farmscape for August 9, 2018
The Chair of Manitoba Pork says it's up to the farmers who produce the food to share the story of how that food is produced with those who consume the food.
Manitoba Pork is stepping up its efforts to share the story of the role pork producers play in the production of food, how that food is produced and what is being done to ensure the safety of that food, the proper care of the animals and the protection of the environment.
George Matheson, the Chair of Manitoba Pork, says it's important for farmers to be involved in educating the public.
Clip-George Matheson-Manitoba Pork:
The public generally knows very little about our sector of agriculture, adults a little, I would say children almost nil.
It's no longer a rural culture that we're in.
Most people from my generation, they came from a farm or had family members who were farmers so they received some knowledge through that but things have changed.
We're very much an urban culture now.
People are distanced from their food, buy it from a grocery store so it's up to us, the pork producers to properly educate the public on the role that our sector plays in Manitoba, what we do and why we do it and the outcomes that result in environmental and food safety as well as animal care and work place health and safety as well.
If we don't provide that story, no one else is going to do it for us.
It's us or no one.
Matheson encourages anyone interested in learning more about Manitoba's pork sector to visit the Manitoba Pork web site at ManitobaPork.com.
He notes the organization is represented by a ten member board of directors and any of those individuals would be more than willing to spend time with the consumer to answer any questions about the sector.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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