May 7, 2021
: Episode 1836 – On this Friday show, the amazing Temple Grandin
joins Vinnie to talk autism, using tools, selling equipment,
improving animal welfare, specificity in guidelines, what we can
do, and more.
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- Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado
- There is a movie about this amazing woman!
- It's simply called Temple Grandin.
- She's also been in Time Magazine.
- She grew up using tools.
- This is a great thing for children.
- It makes them think and learn.
- Dr. Grandin started by designing equipment.
- The equipment was an attempt to make treatment of cattle
better, but people were still engaging in bad behavior.
- Things turned around when some activists won a case against
McDonalds to do with treatment of livestock.
- Dr. Grandin took a bunch of executives, like those at
McDonalds, on a tour of a cattle farm and they saw the terrible,
- Animal welfare went from an abstraction to something real.
- Dr. Grandin also believes in low carb high fat.
- She lost lots of weight and she just feels better overall.
ETHICAL TREATMENT OF LIVESTOCK
- Dr. Grandin came up with a simple auditing program and she
taught McDonalds how to use it.
- Wendy's and Burger King signed on.
- If you could not kill 95% of your animals in five shots, you
lost your place on the supplier list for big companies like
- You could also fail in other ways, too.
- Acts of abuse were automatic fails.
- It was like traffic: you had to figure out what to control and
make it very clear.
- Only three out of 75 suppliers had to buy new equipment.
- 1999 was the tipping point.
- Now, Dr. Grandin wants to fix issues on farms, and these are
harder to fix.
- Housing is a big issue, genetic issues are a big issue,
lameness is an issue.
- It's a significant minority who face these issues.
- Supply chain people need to get out of the office and see where
there food comes.
- Dr. Grandin is also a huge autism advocate.
- She was non-verbal until she was 4.
- Art made a big difference for her –– staying away from
electronics is also important for autistic kids.
- Some autistic kids are visual thinkers, some mathematical
thinkers, and some verbal thinkers.
- When she was a kid, people didn't understand autism, so she
didn't receive the diagnosis until later in life.
- Doctors would think of her as 'retarded.'
- A big motivator for Dr. Grandin was that she wanted to show she
was not stupid.
- In fact, she is brilliant.
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