“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe aimed to show viewers where their food comes from
“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe says one of the goals of his television show was to show people where their food comes from.
Rowe, the keynote speaker during American Farm Bureau’s virtual convention Wednesday, recalled an episode filmed at a dairy farm where the farmer allowed him to assist in the C-section of a calf.
“He let me help deliver, and we filmed it all. And Discovery viewers, they’re not prepared to see any of that. But one of the things that was really important to me with that show was to show people, without apology, where their food comes from.”
He says as the show gained popularity, he learned if he wanted an honest take, talk to a farmer.
“And if you really want to profile a generalist, somebody who can lay pipe, run electric, build a digester, turn the poop into something that heats their house and so forth and so on, talk to a farmer.”
“Dirty Jobs” debuted in late 2003 and was on the Discovery Channel for nine seasons.