Organic vs. Traditional Farming

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

Organic farming or traditional methods, a debate within the agriculture community. One animal rights group wants more regulation on livestock production.

Kevin Fulton is an organic, free range farmer and member of the Humane Society of the United States. He says his method of farming should be the only way to do it.

''It's a disgrace to the industry that we take animals and put them in some of the conditions we do, extreme confinement where they can barely move. We have millions of animals right her and Nebraska that are in those kind of conditions. I find it offensive those places are called farms," Fulton said.

Pete McClymont, with We Support Ag, says the issue isn't organic versus traditional farming

"This is about an extreme animal rights group coming in with their agenda, trying to legislate and regulate their morals onto other people. We've always felt this is an issue about consumer choice," McClymont said.

Fulton says his way of production is more sustainable and more humane.

"We can produce more beef per acre on a grass fed operation than if I had corn and soy beans planted on that same ground and I took those grains, hauled them to a feed lot and fed them to those animals," Fulton said.

McClymont says there's nothing wrong with traditional methods.

"Our beef producers, if they are in a feeding operation, are already doing it in an environmentally regulated manner. We have oversight with our vets and our extension educators. Most feed lots have a nutrients on staff. This is true production value to have our corn fed to our cattle to make a rich nutritious product," McClymont said.

In the end, consumers decide how they want their food produced.

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