Hi! Welcome to MAPLE with Bacon. Thanks for visiting my blog that aims to enlighten its readers about the wide, wonderful world of meat: how it’s made, the people who produce it, and the science that makes it so tasty.
First, a little background: I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2012, and then I earned an M.S. in Meat Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014. But before all that, I grew up in rural Iowa and Minnesota surrounded by farms populated with people who lovingly raised their crops and animals. I understood the hard work needed to raise animals right so people all over the world could be supplied with delicious, nutritious food. I also grew up reading the Bible, and I believed humans were given the serious responsibility to care for domestic animals, not to abuse or neglect them. My early exposure to livestock, along with my belief that animals should be protected and, at the right time, harvested humanely to provide nourishment, pointed me in the direction of the meat industry for my career. Also, I have enjoyed writing since before I could truly write, as, in my toddler years, I would scribble gibberish with a pen and narrate it to my awed parents. I know words are powerful, and in recent years some words published through traditional and social media have struck powerful blows against the realms of meat and livestock production. So, in my own small attempt to make things right I am launching MAPLE with Bacon into the blog-o-sphere with the goal to inform, persuade, and hopefully entertain with my posts.
So, read on, dear readers and explorers of meat. I can’t wait to tell you everything you never knew you wanted to know about beef, bangers, bologna, and, of course, bacon.
A little disclosure: I recently marked my five-year anniversary of working at Jennie-O Turkey Store where I have worked in the Research and Development and Quality Assurance Departments. All views expressed in my posts are my own, are not representative of my employer, and I do not identify as a spokesperson for my company.