Sandhya Dirks

Harvest Public Media
4:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Is the agriculture industry being bullied?

Jamie Pudenz wants to own a cow-calf operation, but he's worried the current political climate will have adverse effects on production agriculture.
Sandhya Dirks Harvest Public Media

There is a culture war raging in the heartland. It’s not about abortion or religion or gay marriage, it’s about how food is produced in this country.

As in any war, language is playing a big role. Take, for instance, the way Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad defended the beef product that came to be known as “pink slime.”

“It’s just tragic that people use smear language against products,” Branstad said. “We would never let people smear somebody because of who/what they look like, or their race, or their religion.”

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Business Beat
4:28 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Business Beat: Govenors Back Beef Trimmings

Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., left, introduces the beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef, and the cuts from which it is made to.
AP

This week: U.S. farmers made over 98 billion dollars last year, and consumers are upset about "lean beef trimmings," but governors are trying to diffuse the situation.

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Business
3:00 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Governors Back Beef Trimmings

Craig Letch, director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., left, introduces the beef product known as pink slime or lean finely textured beef, and the cuts from which it is made to.
AP

By Sandhya Dirks

The consumer uproar over “pink slime” has now got the beef industry roaring back.

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