Livestock Operations Need To Open To Public

Temple Grandin says livestock ranchers should open their doors to the public and show how animals are raised and cared for.

She urged farmers and ranchers to fill that information gap, and to use the Internet as a tool for demonstrating their animal-care practices. For example, she commended a California egg farm that has begun streaming live video of its chickens online.

Temple Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University, made these comments during a presentation the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey, California.

Grandin described Americans as "hungry for information" about what happens on farms and ranches. She noted the popularity of TV shows such as "Dirty Jobs" and others on trucking and logging that have showcased aspects of agriculture.

"Most of the public is just curious," Grandin said. "We need to be opening up the door and showing the things that we do."