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Letter: In praise of meat

I see that Fred is still attempting to force his personal choices on the rest of us by asking us to give up delicious and nutritious hamburgers and hot dogs for dry tasteless veggie burgers and soy dogs … gross! Just saying veggie burger or soy dog brings a little vomit up into the back of my mouth.

According to Fred, there are bugs hiding in the delicious meat that we have safely been consuming for generations, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have never known a single person that has been sickened by a hot dog or hamburger. In fact, most foodborne illnesses are actually spread via vegetables rather than meat. I’m not saying that it may not happen to one in 10 million of us but that is a chance that I am willing to take to truly enjoy a tasty, nutritious BBQ instead of having to choke down a meat substitute.

The bottom line here, folks, is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating responsibly sourced meat and dairy products. We have the teeth for it, the stomach for it and your body relies on the proper nutrition from these foods. Sure, you can get that nutrition from a non-meat source, but I have yet to find a single one that even remotely tastes as good as its meaty counterpart, and I have tried many just out of curiosity.

Don’t allow non-meat eaters to deter you from eating what we have for many generations without issue. Any wise and unbiased doctor will tell you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with consuming meats in moderation. In fact, it’s good for you.

I have nothing to do with the meat and dairy industry, I am just a guy who does not care for a Chicken Little running around telling everyone that the sky is falling due to our food choices. I choose to eat meat and I have never tried to convince a vegan or vegetarian to change their diet because their food choices create tons of greenhouse gases from the non-stop operation of the tractors and trucks required to farm veggies, plus the billions of gallons of gasoline that are needed to operate that machinery and billions of gallons water required to grow vegetables.

Ross Woodward


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