Farmville is REAL: Zuckerburg Joins South Dakota Cattle Ranch
Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg, took a page out of Colt Bennett’s book today when he visited a South Dakota cattle ranch. Zuckerburg shared his experience in a Facebook post you can see at the end of this post.
He explains the reason for his visit after an experience where a colleague said she wished she didn’t have to see where the meat came from during a lunch at Facebook. Zuckerburg writes “I've always thought we should be thankful and understand where our food comes from -- so for that year I set a goal to only eat meat that I killed and helped butcher myself.”
Zuckerburg goes on to explain his experience on the Norman ranch in Piedmont, South Dakota and the struggles the family has dealt with including drought and government regulation. He also explained the Normans’ optimism on the innovation and technology growing within the beef industry before writing about how cattle provide more than just meat.
While some of the comments on the post criticize Zuckerburg for the positive picture he paints of livestock operations, many more comments thank him for drawing attention to the true experience of animal agriculturalists in the United States. The comment section includes many farmers sharing their personal stories and challenges associated with raising livestock.
Could this be the start of more high profile celebrities drawing positive attention to agriculture? We hope so. Stars like Russell Crowe and Reese Witherspoon are known to have farms of their own. Check out the post below and tell us what you think.