• Thursday, July 28, 2011

    I need to know what you want to know.

    Who am I? I’m a meat scientist (I have a Ph.D. from Kansas State University), and I’m the Mom (although I prefer being called ‘Momma’) to a wonderful, hilarious, sweet, smart, 5-year-old girl named Vallie.
    Why blog? In the past 3-years I’ve learned a lot, but mostly I’ve learned that I don’t know much. My husband and I have been put in charge of this little person, and we have one chance to get it right. Frankly, it scares me to death. What am I doing wrong? Is this healthy? Is that safe? What are the chances she will flail herself from that new swing-set and ‘bust her head open’?  Scary, scary stuff.
    But, there is this awesome resource available to me that I had no idea existed until I was a Mom. Other Moms. Obviously, my Mom, my mother-in-law, my aunts, my friends, my coworkers, Moms at church, etc… were great resources of information. But what I also noticed was that ALL Moms seem to be willing to share their knowledge. I’ve gained knowledge about gymnastics from a random Mom at daycare, thoughts on potty-training from Moms in the check-out line at WalMart, and great tips on getting her to eat vegetables from Moms watching kids at the McDonald’s PlayPlace.
    Then, I realized something. I have some great information to share that several Moms probably have questions about. I know about MEAT. Heck, I’m an expert (just ask my Mom). I know about the safety of meat and how to properly store, prepare and cook it. I know about nutrition and the advantages of meat in kid’s diets. I know about the meat industry (I’ve been in more meat processing plants than I can count) and how meat is prepared before it gets to consumers. I understand the labels and the regulations. AND, what I don’t know, I for-sure know who to ask (there are actually several Meat Moms out there). I have information to share!
    So, I started a blog. I’m not blogging to condemn vegetarians or sell meat for any specific company. I just want other Moms to know the correct information about meat and the industry. I want to try to help other Moms ease their minds when their 4-year old will eat nothing but hotdogs.
    So, I need to know what you want to know. Please, send me an email or post a question. I have a few ideas for posts, but I know the best ones will come from other moms' questions.


    1. Hey, Janeal! I know a lot of people have questions about the safety of hotdogs and other processed meats. Perhaps a discussion on where all of the current worries were founded and what has been discovered since then would be good!

    2. Maybe an article about choosing which package of meat to buy at the grocery store.