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We’ll Miss You Chris Raines

December 19, 2011

So often we look at social media as a means to waste time. We refer to things as ‘online’ and “real life” as if it’s different and for many it is. For many it intertwines. It’s with a heavy heart this morning I think of one of the contacts, Dr. Chris Raines, and the news of his death in a car accident.

He was a fellow #agchat supporter and a director on the board. More than that, he was an incredible person who would take time to talk meat and dispel meat myths. I was fortunate to meet Chris last year at the AgChat conference and the enthusiasm he put forward to meats, agriculture and social media. We’re all better for it.

He took a look at things like veal production and opened the door for people to see.

There are many who leave this world every day and their friends and family feel the loss more than those reading the news in a newspaper. He was one of two people I was confident in asking meat processing questions to for a straight answer that was accurate without overwhelming. The AgChat friends are very real indeed.

He’ll be missed. 😦

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 7:33 PM

    He was incredible…. agriculture has suffered a great loss today as have all of us who got to know him. What an incredible guy!

    • December 19, 2011 9:09 PM

      Yes indeed. I think consumers have lost much too, as he was awesome at taking technical agnerd/meat geek stuff and breaking it down to be easy to understand. Couldn’t help but think of Shaun Haney saying “iTweetMeat” in the spoof video last Christmas before #foodchat baking session. Serious but fun, determined but witty. 😦

  2. December 19, 2011 10:52 PM

    So sorry to hear of this loss!

    • December 20, 2011 4:03 PM

      Mel I’m sorry you never got to meet Chris – he didn’t get to the conference this year due to a conflict. You’d have liked him a lot…smart, witty, funny who loved agriculture.


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