We’re very happy that people are enjoying our sometimes silly antics on The Fabulous Beekman Boys. And we’re extremely flattered that so many parents are enjoying viewing The Fabulous Beekman Boys with their children. One of our primary goals in choosing to share our lives was to also share all of the lessons we’ve learned about farming, and how important small farmers are to America.
Farming is certainly fun and rewarding. It is also hard work and sometimes emotionally difficult. We feel that it would be irresponsible to you, and to other small farmers across America, to portray The Beekman as nothing more than a televised petting zoo. Every living thing on the farm has a job to do. The goats give us their very best milk. Polka Spot herds and guards the goats. The chickens give us eggs. The cats keep the mice population down. And the pigs provide meat for our plates. We and Farmer John have the biggest job of all – to be sure that all of our animals are cared for in the most comfortable, happy, and safe environment possible. We do not take that job lightly.
This week, Planet Green will air an episode called “Bringing Home the Bacon.”
It deals with one of the tougher realities of farm life – namely, the harvesting of animals.
We, Planet Green, and World of Wonder Productions tried very hard to put together a show on this topic that would be interesting and informational without being sensational or exploitative of the animals at the Beekman. It’s something that hasn’t been seen before on American television. What you will see is exactly as it happened.
Our hope is that people will learn something from this week’s episode about the humane treatment and harvesting of animals. We, ourselves, follow all regulations established by Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC). The individuals who slaughtered the pigs are Farm Science instructors from a nearby university and are skilled in humane slaughter techniques.
In addition, HFAC and its executive director have endorsed this week’s episode of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” and declared the farming techniques on the Beekman “Certified Humane.”
We realize that this episode may be difficult to watch for some, and that the topic may be inappropriate for some of our younger viewers. Please use your judgment in viewing the episode with your family. If you feel it might be an opportunity to discuss humane farming practices with your children, please visit the HFAC site for more information. If you would like to help change the inhumane way many factory-farm animals are raised, please consider a donation to HFAC.
After seeing this episode, we’d like to encourage those of you who eat meat to take a day, a weekend, a week or even a month to consume only foods that you can trace back to their origin. You will most certainly pay a little extra for this food, but we can attest that it truly is extra value.
As always, thank you for learning and sharing with us,
Josh & Brent.