Beef, It's What's for Dinner
By: Brianna Buseman
Nothing says summer quite like steaks on the grill. Many Americans agree, showing their support by eating 24.1 billion pounds of beef in 2014. Although this number is lower than previous years, we are still educating consumers on the importance of keeping beef in their diets. A serving of beef offers the consumer 10 essential nutrients, including; vitamins, zinc, protein, iron and more. These nutrients serve many purposes; from helping your body use oxygen, to helping build strong bones and teeth. There are a variety of cuts of beef, each providing key nutrients to the consumer. Beef satisfies your hunger, while helping your body grow strong and healthy.
To get these nutrients to the table, farmers must work tirelessly. The Beef Checkoff informs us that by 2050, produces will need to increase production by 70% in order to feed the growing population. Farmers strive to provide food not only for the residents of South Dakota, but also for the entire world! According to The Washington Post website, South Dakota has the highest ratio of cattle per person. There are 3.8 million head of cattle in the state; this equals out to about 5 cattle per person! These numbers reflect the importance of agriculture here in South Dakota.
Agriculture is the largest industry in South Dakota. The production of beef cattle adds up to a 2.8 billion dollar economic impact on our state. We can be thankful to producers for providing us with a delicious and nutritious product, as well as helping sustain our local and state economies.
When you get home tonight, fire up the grill; and remember, Beef, it’s what’s for dinner.
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