Guest writer: Doug Sattazahn
I like Facebook just as much as anyone else, but something has been working on my nerves lately. Simply put, it’s posts from friends that slam milk and dairy products. These posts usually cite some outlandish source like ‘Not Milk’, so I can’t hold it against these people personally, they’re just naïve when it comes to where their food comes from. So rather than slam them publically, I’ve decided to use Facebook to show the real story. This includes pictures from my farm, status updates about what is going on at our dairy, and posting on public pages where food is being discussed.
I’ve found an easy place to reach a lot of people is my local newspaper’s page. Food issues are discussed from time to time, and the page has over 11,000 followers. I recently defended milk on the page and have found that an honest farmer’s commentary is far more popular than a negative food snob’s. Interestingly, many of the folks that ‘liked’ my comments listed their job as full-time mom. It made me happy that parents are making good food choices for their children and listening to a credible source.
So from now on, if you look at Facebook and see more activity from me, it’s probably because I’m trying to counteract the lies and misleading information out there on milk. I would also encourage you to stand up for your own story, find whatever avenue you can to tell it, and don’t let the ‘Not Milk’ fanatics tell it for you.