30 March 2009

Cattlemen’s College Sponsored by Pfizer

Posted by John Freeland

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Image source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

As previously posted here, the Union of Concerned Scientists reported that 70 percent of all antibiotics and similar drugs are given to animals that are not sick. Even after reading that, I was still surprised to find out that the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a major beef trade association with a serious lobbying effort, has an annual “Cattlemen’s College” symposium sponsored by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Guess I was expecting some other company sponsor like Wrangler jeans or Stetson hats. Maybe John Deere or Butler Grain Bins. Scheiner Bock beer would be good sponsor.

No word yet on whether or not the course registration comes with a free trial prescription for Viagra. Like Ann Vileisis (previous post) says, “food has stories.”