January 19, 2012 by Carrie Mess
So apparently there is now an app out there that lets you send out messages via social media from beyond the grave. This seems very odd to me. I think I am going to skip over downloading that one and focus on letting people know how I feel about them while I am still here on earth, good or bad!
This week there has been a picture going around facebook showing Mechanically Separated Meat (Chicken in this case).
The “information” on the blog that the photo links to is blatantly false and it was really ticking me off to see so many people swearing off McNuggets without even questioning the photo or the caption. But the truth was I didn’t feel like I knew enough about the subject to refute the misinformation with 100% certainty.
I happen to know some people over on Twitter that do know quite a bit about meat. So I sent them a tweet asking for some help finding good info about MSM. They sent me over to Chris Raines’ blog post that talked about this very same photo. I learned a ton and felt like a more informed food consumer. Of course I immediately started posting the rebuttal blog whenever I saw the photo pop up on my friend’s facebook pages. Not many people bothered to go and read, or at least if they did they didn’t come back and admit that the photo was not what it seemed. However I was happy to have found the information I was looking for to share with those who care enough about what they eat to go beyond a random photo.
But here’s the thing… Chris Raines (@iTweetMeat on twitter) was killed in a car accident in December. His blog is still out there in space floating around ready to answer questions for people like me and you. When the news of his passing hit the online farming community there were blog posts remembering him and thanking him from several people. I didn’t join in at the time because while I was saddened to hear of someone from my online community losing their life, I didn’t really know him that well. Now a few months later here I am wanting information and there are his words, teaching me, no special app required.
Thank you Chris for leaving your online legacy for the rest of us to learn from. I hope that this blog can be a source of information for others like yours was for me.