Michigan Meatout Day?

Chuck Zimmerman

Michigan Meatout DayMichigan Meatout Day? At first I thought this was a joke when I found a link to it on Facebook (from a Michigan State student comment on a page of someone I follow). But it’s right there on Governor Granholm’s website. And it’s for March 20 which is National Ag Day! I would urge everyone to let her know what you think about this idea. Hmm. I wonder who could be behind this? You can click on the image for a larger one.

I called the office and constituent line both at approximately 5:15pm eastern time but they had gone for the day. I thought it odd that the phone just rings. No answering machine or service I guess. Is that normal? I called the Washington, DC office and someone did answer who told me to call the constituents line. She said they must have gone for the day and to call them tomorrow which I will try to do.

Here’s what the Governor’s resolution says:

Michigan Meatout Day

Whereas, A wholesome diet of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains promotes good health and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, which take the lives of approximately 1.3 million Americans each year; and,

Whereas, The number of those who choose to live the lifestyle of a vegan or vegetarian has increased and so has the availability and selection of meat and dairy alternatives in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations; and,

Whereas, Reducing the consumption of meat or not eating meat at all can significantly decrease the exposure to infectious pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter, which take the lives of several thousand Americans and sicken millions more each year; and,

Whereas, The benefits of a plant-based diet can consist of increased energy levels, lower food budget costs, and simplified food preparation and cleanup; and,

Whereas, It is encouraged that the residents of this state get into the habit of healthy living by consuming a diet that is rich with vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, and by staying active;

Now, Therefore, be it Resolved, That I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2010, Michigan Meatout Day in Michigan. In observance of this day, I encourage the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat. Eating a healthy diet can be fun. Explore the different recipes that can be created by using fresh ingredients and by having a sense of adventure.

So she says, “I encourage the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat.” Is she vegan? What do Michigan’s farmers and ranchers think of this?

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  1. I became a fan of her facebook fan page just long enough to leave her a very pointed message. We are also thinking about eating burgers and brats at the Capitol on her Meatout Day which is also National Ag Day. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me at krissa.g.thom@gmail.com. If we are going to do this, we need the gathering to be big enough to make a point. We need to stand up for ag!

  2. I became a fan of her facebook fan page just long enough to leave her a very pointed message. We are also thinking about eating burgers and brats at the Capitol on her Meatout Day which is also National Ag Day. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me at krissa.g.thom@gmail.com. If we are going to do this, we need the gathering to be big enough to make a point. We need to stand up for ag!

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    I really found this one hard to believe. Wish I could be there. Feel free to send me a photo if you’d like for a follow up on this story. I’m going to try her office tomorrow to see if I can get some kind of statement on why. It sure isn’t a way to say thank you to the people who are feeding the world!

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    I really found this one hard to believe. Wish I could be there. Feel free to send me a photo if you’d like for a follow up on this story. I’m going to try her office tomorrow to see if I can get some kind of statement on why. It sure isn’t a way to say thank you to the people who are feeding the world!

  5. Hmm… Michigan Meatout Day, huh? I think I shall celebrate by ordering a very large helping of steak, or burger, or ANYTHING meat on Saturday. We have plans to visit New Holland Brewing Company, and I’m pretty sure they list meat items on the menu.

    Wait, when is Michigan Beer Day??

  6. Hmm… Michigan Meatout Day, huh? I think I shall celebrate by ordering a very large helping of steak, or burger, or ANYTHING meat on Saturday. We have plans to visit New Holland Brewing Company, and I’m pretty sure they list meat items on the menu.

    Wait, when is Michigan Beer Day??

  7. What is the world coming to? Maybe she wants a job with HSUS after she gets voted out of office.

  8. What is the world coming to? Maybe she wants a job with HSUS after she gets voted out of office.

  9. Fruits and vegetables are better for us and most people don’t eat enough of them, why is she being demonized for promoting a healthy diet?

    Plus the cruelty farm animals must endure for our burgers and pizza – calves being stolen from their mother at birth, de-horning, de-beaking, crammed cages, and most animals never go outside and are hardly allowed to move. Is there any way in the world God is happy with this system? Also, modern animal agriculture is polluting the planet more than transportation.

  10. Fruits and vegetables are better for us and most people don’t eat enough of them, why is she being demonized for promoting a healthy diet?

    Plus the cruelty farm animals must endure for our burgers and pizza – calves being stolen from their mother at birth, de-horning, de-beaking, crammed cages, and most animals never go outside and are hardly allowed to move. Is there any way in the world God is happy with this system? Also, modern animal agriculture is polluting the planet more than transportation.

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    Tom, you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to farm raised animals for meat consumption. There are plenty of studies to show that the bogus idea of animal agriculture “polluting” the planet is a myth. Feel free to eat vegan if you want.

    We don’t need government telling us what to eat or not eat. None of its business.

    I personally love eating fruits and vegetables along with a good steak or any type of meat. Every individual should take personal responsibility for their own eating habits.

    You can find some great nutritional information about beef for example here: http://www.beefnutrition.org/

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    Tom, you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to farm raised animals for meat consumption. There are plenty of studies to show that the bogus idea of animal agriculture “polluting” the planet is a myth. Feel free to eat vegan if you want.

    We don’t need government telling us what to eat or not eat. None of its business.

    I personally love eating fruits and vegetables along with a good steak or any type of meat. Every individual should take personal responsibility for their own eating habits.

    You can find some great nutritional information about beef for example here: http://www.beefnutrition.org/

  13. Tom,

    This is the problem agriculture is having in the state of Michigan and all around the country. Agriculture is being criticized and blamed for everything and many of the people pointing fingers have no idea what they are talking about. First of all, livestock are just that live…stock…they were put on this earth to produce and work for us. That includes being used as a food animal. They have been for years and they WILL for years to come. Yes calves are seperated from their mothers, here again, this is what they are for. Have you visited a large scale operation before? They have done as much research as possible to make this necessary component as stress-free as possible. Livestock need to be de-horned for the safety of themselves, the other livestock, and the humans working around them. Obviously, you’ve never been around one with horns before. One of the reasons they de-beak birds is, again, for their own safety. Chickens will peck each other to death, it is their nature, again probably something you’ve never seen before, because had you seen it, you would understand why it is so necessary. I could go on and on as to why these practices are necessary from many standpoints including medical.

    I suggest you do your research before commenting on such a sensitive subject next time and you really need to visit a farm.

  14. Tom,

    This is the problem agriculture is having in the state of Michigan and all around the country. Agriculture is being criticized and blamed for everything and many of the people pointing fingers have no idea what they are talking about. First of all, livestock are just that live…stock…they were put on this earth to produce and work for us. That includes being used as a food animal. They have been for years and they WILL for years to come. Yes calves are seperated from their mothers, here again, this is what they are for. Have you visited a large scale operation before? They have done as much research as possible to make this necessary component as stress-free as possible. Livestock need to be de-horned for the safety of themselves, the other livestock, and the humans working around them. Obviously, you’ve never been around one with horns before. One of the reasons they de-beak birds is, again, for their own safety. Chickens will peck each other to death, it is their nature, again probably something you’ve never seen before, because had you seen it, you would understand why it is so necessary. I could go on and on as to why these practices are necessary from many standpoints including medical.

    I suggest you do your research before commenting on such a sensitive subject next time and you really need to visit a farm.

  15. According to the Detroit Free Press, Spokeswoman Liz Boyd tried to restore calm this evening by saying the governor herself is not a vegetarian and is as likely to eat meat on Saturday as any other day (maybe a little more likely if her family ends up in front of the television watching NCAA basketball).

    Sounds to me like a bit of a back tracking. I wonder how much money was promised or favors given for this proclamation.

    I for one, am appalled. Not only as a supporter of all agriculture systems, but also as a tax paying American. Where does the government get off telling me what to eat? With the current state of economical affairs in Michigan today, seems like Jennifer might put her time to much better use than proclaiming this type of rhetoric at the “encouragement” of vegetarian and vegan activists.

  16. According to the Detroit Free Press, Spokeswoman Liz Boyd tried to restore calm this evening by saying the governor herself is not a vegetarian and is as likely to eat meat on Saturday as any other day (maybe a little more likely if her family ends up in front of the television watching NCAA basketball).

    Sounds to me like a bit of a back tracking. I wonder how much money was promised or favors given for this proclamation.

    I for one, am appalled. Not only as a supporter of all agriculture systems, but also as a tax paying American. Where does the government get off telling me what to eat? With the current state of economical affairs in Michigan today, seems like Jennifer might put her time to much better use than proclaiming this type of rhetoric at the “encouragement” of vegetarian and vegan activists.

  17. First of all why is everyone getting so upset. It is about time someone stood up and spoke the truth about nutrition. Do you know that the meat and dairy industries have been confusing our kids and teachers for decades on this subject. please read the book the China Study and you will see how a plant based diet can reverse and cure heart disease. what could be wrong about that. you get so angry because the meat and dairy industries have brainwashed you to believe that meat is necessary when it is not true. And whoever made that statement about birds being debeaked and animals being dehorned for their own good. wow that is horrible. First every animal has a mother just like you and has a will to live. They exsist for their own reasons not for us. If the animals were not crammed so close together they would not have to mutilate them. . Milk from a cow is meant for a baby calve thats why she can grow so fast because it has lots of fat and is suited for her not for humans. read up on the studies and I encourage you to read that book or other books on the subject.

  18. First of all why is everyone getting so upset. It is about time someone stood up and spoke the truth about nutrition. Do you know that the meat and dairy industries have been confusing our kids and teachers for decades on this subject. please read the book the China Study and you will see how a plant based diet can reverse and cure heart disease. what could be wrong about that. you get so angry because the meat and dairy industries have brainwashed you to believe that meat is necessary when it is not true. And whoever made that statement about birds being debeaked and animals being dehorned for their own good. wow that is horrible. First every animal has a mother just like you and has a will to live. They exsist for their own reasons not for us. If the animals were not crammed so close together they would not have to mutilate them. . Milk from a cow is meant for a baby calve thats why she can grow so fast because it has lots of fat and is suited for her not for humans. read up on the studies and I encourage you to read that book or other books on the subject.

  19. Jason,

    I am an animal science major at Michigan State University in my third year, so I assure you I have read plenty on livestock practices and how to protect the animals from each other. I also have worked under a large animal(food animal) veterinarian for the last six years and gone on countless calls with him so again I assure you I at least am educated on what I am saying when I say that the animals are dehorned and debeaked for their own good, and for the safety of the people around them.

    Eating meat has worked for thousands of years, so yes that is why they are here. Some people just cannot get enough nutrients out of being a vegetarian. It may work for some people but I guarantee you with my fast metabolism, I literally would not survive without consuming meat.

    Also, just a sidenote…”Milk from a cow is meant for a baby calve thats why she can grow so fast because it has lots of fat and is suited for her not for humans”…The proper thing to say would have been the milk from a cow is meant for a baby CALF…and the rest doesn’t even make sense, and just to let you know cows don’t drink milk their whole lives, humans are actually one of the only species that drink milk even in their adulthood.

  20. Jason,

    I am an animal science major at Michigan State University in my third year, so I assure you I have read plenty on livestock practices and how to protect the animals from each other. I also have worked under a large animal(food animal) veterinarian for the last six years and gone on countless calls with him so again I assure you I at least am educated on what I am saying when I say that the animals are dehorned and debeaked for their own good, and for the safety of the people around them.

    Eating meat has worked for thousands of years, so yes that is why they are here. Some people just cannot get enough nutrients out of being a vegetarian. It may work for some people but I guarantee you with my fast metabolism, I literally would not survive without consuming meat.

    Also, just a sidenote…”Milk from a cow is meant for a baby calve thats why she can grow so fast because it has lots of fat and is suited for her not for humans”…The proper thing to say would have been the milk from a cow is meant for a baby CALF…and the rest doesn’t even make sense, and just to let you know cows don’t drink milk their whole lives, humans are actually one of the only species that drink milk even in their adulthood.

  21. I send my congratulation to such a visionary Governor.
    The comments against the project are so poor and reveal the point of view of people who didn’t spend enough time on researching the question. First of all Idon’t believe animals were made to be explored by man with so much cruelty- from birth to death. Furthermore, I know people who don’t protein from animal food for years (including myself and some athletes) and have a good health.

  22. I send my congratulation to such a visionary Governor.
    The comments against the project are so poor and reveal the point of view of people who didn’t spend enough time on researching the question. First of all Idon’t believe animals were made to be explored by man with so much cruelty- from birth to death. Furthermore, I know people who don’t protein from animal food for years (including myself and some athletes) and have a good health.

  23. It all started with “National Smoke Out Day.” Now cigarettes are taxed to the hilt(to pay for the obese health care) in Michigan and that led to a state wide smoking ban in public places. Ask yourselves is meat headed down the same road? Why don’t we have a “Sweet Out Day” or a “Fast Food Out Day” In this overly governed country anything is possible. Why we as tax payers don’t designate a “Tax Out Day” Where any one who still has a job left in Michigan, doesn’t go to work that day (Mi would loose income tax), and also on the same day, NO ONE should buy any goods that would lead to the State of Michigan receiving any kind of sales tax revenue. This country gets more and more communist everyday, trying to dictate to us what we can eat? I don’t see why anybody would want to come and live in this country. Disgusting!

  24. It all started with “National Smoke Out Day.” Now cigarettes are taxed to the hilt(to pay for the obese health care) in Michigan and that led to a state wide smoking ban in public places. Ask yourselves is meat headed down the same road? Why don’t we have a “Sweet Out Day” or a “Fast Food Out Day” In this overly governed country anything is possible. Why we as tax payers don’t designate a “Tax Out Day” Where any one who still has a job left in Michigan, doesn’t go to work that day (Mi would loose income tax), and also on the same day, NO ONE should buy any goods that would lead to the State of Michigan receiving any kind of sales tax revenue. This country gets more and more communist everyday, trying to dictate to us what we can eat? I don’t see why anybody would want to come and live in this country. Disgusting!

  25. I thought humans were at the top of the food chain. But I guess the governor knows best.

    I’m thinking a LotteryOut day in retaliation would be good.

  26. I thought humans were at the top of the food chain. But I guess the governor knows best.

    I’m thinking a LotteryOut day in retaliation would be good.

  27. Ioan,

    Are you 5’0″ and weigh 100 lbs. even while eating meat and vegetables and fruit and junk food? I eat 3 meals a day and in between and I do not excercise or run. I have been tested for thyroid problems and all come back negative. So, no I guarantee you I would not survive without meat.

    And I just do not understand where you all are coming from when you say that I need to do more research on the topics. That’s all I do. I go to school 9 months out of the year and exclusively study livestock. Can you say the same for yourself?

    And you provided no counter argument against anything I said.

    Do you also “send my congratulation to such a visionary Governor.” for taking away the Michigan Promise Scholarship. Yeah, do great on your MEAPs kids, we’ll give you a scholarship because you are the hope of our state. HAHAHAHA I guess that was a slap in the face for all of us college students and past high school students who worked our butts off to do well because we had some incentive, and what happened to our scholarship…ripped out from under us, yeah great governor and person.

  28. Ioan,

    Are you 5’0″ and weigh 100 lbs. even while eating meat and vegetables and fruit and junk food? I eat 3 meals a day and in between and I do not excercise or run. I have been tested for thyroid problems and all come back negative. So, no I guarantee you I would not survive without meat.

    And I just do not understand where you all are coming from when you say that I need to do more research on the topics. That’s all I do. I go to school 9 months out of the year and exclusively study livestock. Can you say the same for yourself?

    And you provided no counter argument against anything I said.

    Do you also “send my congratulation to such a visionary Governor.” for taking away the Michigan Promise Scholarship. Yeah, do great on your MEAPs kids, we’ll give you a scholarship because you are the hope of our state. HAHAHAHA I guess that was a slap in the face for all of us college students and past high school students who worked our butts off to do well because we had some incentive, and what happened to our scholarship…ripped out from under us, yeah great governor and person.

  29. “explored by man with so much cruelty”…just a sidenote I think you meant exploited by man not “explored”…maybe you should proofread (kind of like you said I should research)

  30. “explored by man with so much cruelty”…just a sidenote I think you meant exploited by man not “explored”…maybe you should proofread (kind of like you said I should research)

  31. Also worth noting, per the third “Whereas” — the last major outbreak of E-coli in this country was caused by fresh spinach — not meat!! Ergo, avoiding meat does NOT reduce the exposure to e-coli risks!

  32. Also worth noting, per the third “Whereas” — the last major outbreak of E-coli in this country was caused by fresh spinach — not meat!! Ergo, avoiding meat does NOT reduce the exposure to e-coli risks!

  33. When can we send this woman and her Canadian trash back across the border?? She has done so much more damage to Michigan than any Hispanic ever has!

  34. When can we send this woman and her Canadian trash back across the border?? She has done so much more damage to Michigan than any Hispanic ever has!

  35. This is a hilariously convoluted (and, in many cases hugely ignorant) argument but, the facts are, humans subsisted for eons without animal flesh in their diets because our bodies simply aren’t designed for it.

    It never occurred to early Homo Sapiens to eat flesh; their bodies (and ours) were never designed for it. Then (as now) we have no teeth designed for tearing flesh like ALL other carnivorous/omnivorous animals do. They didn’t even have fire to cook it with or the “tools” to deal with it.

    Even better evidence is our long and convoluted digestive tract. In true carnivores like cats, it is as short as possible and designed to extract nutrition quickly and expel flesh byproducts as quickly as possible to protect the system. Dogs which are more omnivorous, have somewhat longer paths to help them deal with both flesh and other food substances. Herbivores (cows, humans, pigs etc) have long and complex digestive tracts to process foods other than flesh, the longer pathway being needed to breakdown other nutritive substances and conversely suffers from the prolonged exposure to toxic flesh byproducts.

    Our basic physiology is clearly not designed to consume flesh in any form – it merely tolerates it to varying degrees. As humans evolved over time, a small degree of flesh eating became an adaptation over time as a survival means as humans moved to spread across the continents and had to deal with climate & environmental changes (moving close to desert areas, the ice ages, etc).

    Look at most of the world’s cultures and nearly all cultures have consumed flesh in very small amounts and never until recent times, in today’s larger quantities. The good old USA really cranked up the flesh eating quota in the last century to absurd (and dangerous) levels and our modern health crisis does reflect that in all sorts of pathologies beyond just the “major” ones such as heart disease, diabetes,obesity, colon cancer); there’s no denying it.

    Go ahead and eat flesh if you like it but then be willing to accept the health consequences too -just quit all the sniping; eating flesh is bad for our health and our bodies were NOT designed to ingest it.

    The other issues of animal cruelty, the environmental and climate change consequences of large scale animal ag, transport, processing etc. are real and undeniable concerns too of course, so let’s stop denying them please.

    But let us also recognize the facts of our own physiology; that IS the main issue. Nature has always done a good job of designing ALL its creatures efficiently and correctly. Like it or not, that includes us humans.

    Silly arguments about “needing” to eat flesh to survive are just rationale. It’s simply not true. Our species would NOT have survived were that the case.

    If nature intended us to eat flesh, our bodies would be designed to thrive on it. Argue all you want but, they’re simply NOT. We “choose” to do so in spite of that. And, we pay the health consequences accordingly.

  36. This is a hilariously convoluted (and, in many cases hugely ignorant) argument but, the facts are, humans subsisted for eons without animal flesh in their diets because our bodies simply aren’t designed for it.

    It never occurred to early Homo Sapiens to eat flesh; their bodies (and ours) were never designed for it. Then (as now) we have no teeth designed for tearing flesh like ALL other carnivorous/omnivorous animals do. They didn’t even have fire to cook it with or the “tools” to deal with it.

    Even better evidence is our long and convoluted digestive tract. In true carnivores like cats, it is as short as possible and designed to extract nutrition quickly and expel flesh byproducts as quickly as possible to protect the system. Dogs which are more omnivorous, have somewhat longer paths to help them deal with both flesh and other food substances. Herbivores (cows, humans, pigs etc) have long and complex digestive tracts to process foods other than flesh, the longer pathway being needed to breakdown other nutritive substances and conversely suffers from the prolonged exposure to toxic flesh byproducts.

    Our basic physiology is clearly not designed to consume flesh in any form – it merely tolerates it to varying degrees. As humans evolved over time, a small degree of flesh eating became an adaptation over time as a survival means as humans moved to spread across the continents and had to deal with climate & environmental changes (moving close to desert areas, the ice ages, etc).

    Look at most of the world’s cultures and nearly all cultures have consumed flesh in very small amounts and never until recent times, in today’s larger quantities. The good old USA really cranked up the flesh eating quota in the last century to absurd (and dangerous) levels and our modern health crisis does reflect that in all sorts of pathologies beyond just the “major” ones such as heart disease, diabetes,obesity, colon cancer); there’s no denying it.

    Go ahead and eat flesh if you like it but then be willing to accept the health consequences too -just quit all the sniping; eating flesh is bad for our health and our bodies were NOT designed to ingest it.

    The other issues of animal cruelty, the environmental and climate change consequences of large scale animal ag, transport, processing etc. are real and undeniable concerns too of course, so let’s stop denying them please.

    But let us also recognize the facts of our own physiology; that IS the main issue. Nature has always done a good job of designing ALL its creatures efficiently and correctly. Like it or not, that includes us humans.

    Silly arguments about “needing” to eat flesh to survive are just rationale. It’s simply not true. Our species would NOT have survived were that the case.

    If nature intended us to eat flesh, our bodies would be designed to thrive on it. Argue all you want but, they’re simply NOT. We “choose” to do so in spite of that. And, we pay the health consequences accordingly.

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    Hey Thirdstone, which I assume is not your real name. You must live in another universe. I completely disagree with everything you’ve said because it’s so wrong. But thanks for registering your comment.

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    Hey Thirdstone, which I assume is not your real name. You must live in another universe. I completely disagree with everything you’ve said because it’s so wrong. But thanks for registering your comment.

  39. Thank you Chuck!
    I feel like I’m alone in my arguments with these imbeciles.

    I believe that diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are more likely caused by the donuts, ice cream, potato chips, etc. that people consume in much larger quantities than meat. And I hate to tell you that heart disease and diabetes are also caused for many other reasons than diet. Genetics, environment, amount of excercise, smoking, and overall lifestyle behaviors are more likely to cause these diseases.

  40. Thank you Chuck!
    I feel like I’m alone in my arguments with these imbeciles.

    I believe that diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are more likely caused by the donuts, ice cream, potato chips, etc. that people consume in much larger quantities than meat. And I hate to tell you that heart disease and diabetes are also caused for many other reasons than diet. Genetics, environment, amount of excercise, smoking, and overall lifestyle behaviors are more likely to cause these diseases.

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    You are not alone Megan. In fact, these folks are just a loud mouth minority. They have to make outlandish claims in the hopes someone will be stupid enough to buy into their emotionalism. I could care less if someone wants to be a vegetarian. I feel sorry for and resent the militant vegans who want to impose their views on others. They have a totally selfish outlook and don’t care about other people’s views. You are absolutely right in what you commented. Let’s hope more and more people will take responsibility for their own decisions and that includes choice of diet. Meat is part of a healthy diet. These folks are just trying to use it as as scapegoat and to further their own agenda.

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    You are not alone Megan. In fact, these folks are just a loud mouth minority. They have to make outlandish claims in the hopes someone will be stupid enough to buy into their emotionalism. I could care less if someone wants to be a vegetarian. I feel sorry for and resent the militant vegans who want to impose their views on others. They have a totally selfish outlook and don’t care about other people’s views. You are absolutely right in what you commented. Let’s hope more and more people will take responsibility for their own decisions and that includes choice of diet. Meat is part of a healthy diet. These folks are just trying to use it as as scapegoat and to further their own agenda.

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