Happy Black Friday, everyone! While some of you may be out shopping today (or home already, if you’re one of the dedicated early risers), I’m home, shopping online.

Because I don’t need to land a good deal that badly.

If you’re like me, camped out at home, wearing a comfy pair of sweatpants with the laptop open on your lap, add this website to your must visit list: www.TheMeatWeEat.com.

A project of the American Meat Science Association, http://www.TheMeatWeEat.com was created to provide accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumer make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.


TheMeatWeEat.com provides simplified site navigation, a variety of resources and enhanced search capability, making it quick and easy for the visitor to find the answers they are seeking,” said Deidrea Mabry, director of Scientific Communication and Technical Programs, American Meat Science Association. “People have lots of questions about how their meat is produced and the best ways to prepare it. Our site gives people access to hundreds of meat scientists with a wide variety of expertise as well as the opportunity to ask those scientists questions about topics that are important to them.”

According to my best friend, Rachel, Deidrea is “pretty much Wonder Woman,” and after checking out the website, I have to agree.

There’s so much to take in, including videos and podcasts, webinars, fact sheets, Meat MythCrushers (a video series focused on busting common myths surrounding meat and poultry product and processing), meat cooking and storage tips and frequently asked questions.

“Today more than ever, whether a consumer’s meat purchase is driven off of preference, convenience, or cost, consumers have the luxury of choice when they go to the meat counter,” Mabry said. “Along with this luxury comes a lot of information and labeling claims regarding the different cuts of meat. We believe TheMeatWeEat.com will be an avenue where consumers can educate themselves to feel confident in their choices when feeding their families.”

“What the American Meat Science Association members do, and will continue to do through TheMeatWeEat.com is to provide proven, verified information to consumer so they can make decisions about leading a healthy lifestyle that includes advice for eating a healthy and well-balanced diet that includes meat and processed meats, maintain a healthy weight, and include physical activity,” Mabry added.

Yes, ma’am. I don’t think any of us as consumers can ask for more than that.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

Happy Thanksgiving, all! I hope you’re all happily stuffed full of delicious food and have saved enough Tupperware to Bogart the leftovers.

thanksgiving turkey

Name that movie! It’s one of my favorites!


And, maybe you’re decorating your tree today? My little family will be.

Today, I’m thankful for all of these excellent resources we’ve covered so far:

Oh, and I’m thankful for my family, too. I mean, obviously. How could I not be? :)

Hannah and Daddy

Day 25 – Eat Right.

On this day, the day before Thanksgiving, I’m reminding you to eat right.

Debbie Downer, I know. Sorry.

Okay, I guess you can eat right Friday. And when you’re looking for tips on how to do that, be sure to check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website, www.EatRight.org.

There’s lots of great information on food, health (with articles like, “How to enjoy the holiday without the weight gain”) and fitness to keep you honest.

And all of that stuff is good stuff. I mean, who doesn’t need some help staying healthy?

But the really good stuff is the food safety stuff. And since we’re coming up on a holiday where you may or may not be preparing lots of food for lots of people, this is excellent information to have in your back pocket.

Great tips on reducing the chances of food poisoning, downloads on home food safety and excellent videos. Be sure to review before the entire family swings in for dinner tomorrow.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

I’ve covered a lot of interesting and useful websites over the last 23 days. Some have covered food safety, some have covered how food is grown and harvested, some have focused on famers having meaningful conversations with consumers.

None have really focused on how to pick those food items — or at least understanding what’s in the foods you’re picking.

Luckily for you (and me), the FDA has an answer for that. I’ve already included the FDA in this 30-day series, but why not go for it again? There’s so much information on their website, I could probably make that website alone a 30-day series.

Today, I’m sending you over to the ingredients, packaging and labeling section of the website.

Here’s what you can find:

Plus additional information on label claims, front-of-packaging labeling initiative, nutrition facts label programs and materials, and nutrition labeling information for restaurants and retail establishments.

See, I told you. Lots of stuff.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

If you’ve been here once, you’re probably well aware that I have a fondness for dairy cattle — Jerseys, in particular.

And because I love those milkers, I also love The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.

Carrie is a dairy farmer in southern Wisconsin, who milks 100 cows with her husband and his parents.

And she knows how to get down to business when it comes to having meaningful and honest conversations with consumers about the dairy industry. In fact, Dairy Carrie is downright blunt sometimes, and that’s what makes her blog a breath of fresh air.

In addition to her blog, Carrie also does some public speaking and manages a pretty interesting Facebook page.

Carrie tackles everything from how and why farmers vaccinate cows to animal abuse videos, and she does it in her own special way — with humor, insight and a love for agriculture.

Be sure to check out her blog and Facebook page for lots of funny stuff and lots of good information!

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

Day 22 – Chow Talk

Are you seeing the trend here? There have been a whole lot of food safety, food processing, consumer question answering websites over the last 22 days.

Today is no different.

Today, we’re headed over to U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Food Dialogues page.

A little bit of background about USFRA:

USFRA is made up of more than 80 farmer – and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.

Essentially, USFRA is a national version of Illinois Farm Families (www.WatchUsGrow.org) and Common Ground (www.FindOurCommonGround.com). Same concept of transparency and answering consumer questions, but on a bigger scale. Plus, there are events!

In addition Food Dialogues being an internet presence where farmers can answer questions and talk about why they do what they do, USFRA hosts Food Dialogues events across the country where panels of farmers and industry professionals are on hand to answer consumer questions in a live setting.

On their website, you can find information about animal welfare, antibiotics, GMOs, farm size and ownership, food choices and price, food safety, hormones and growth tools, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer, water quality and a section on how farmers do what they do.

As with all of the other websites I’ve featured, lots of good stuff if you take the time to read it. So make sure you take the time.

To see the rest  of the 30-day series, check out the links below:

Staying in the vein of food safety, today I’m sending you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website — specifically, the section of their website which deals with food safety and nutrition.

From their website:

The food landscape in this country is ever changing. And USDA is involved in managing those changes as related to many areas of food processing and food distribution. From the inspection of domestic product, imports, and exports; conducting risk assessments; and educating the public about the importance of food safety, USDA is there.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ensures that our nation’s meat, poultry and processed egg supply is wholesome, safe and properly labeled. Through prevention-based policies and practices, USDA is meeting the foodborne challenges of the 21st century head on and using science to craft the best way forward.

Which basically all boils down to this: “Here’s everything you need to know about how your food is kept safe, ever.”

Seems like a pretty good website to keep your back pocket.

From, food and nutrition, food labeling and food security, to USDA Quality Standards and food safety blogs, the USDA is a wealth of information and can provide answers to lots of food-related questions.

To see the rest of the 30-day series, check out the links below:


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