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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Vegetarian?
March 17, 2010, 10:18 am
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Michigan farmers, apparently.

Read the well-worded, accurate, and reasonable document below and tell me exactly what about it makes me a “food elitist.” Hunters and meat producers in Michigan read it and FREAKED OUT, obviously threatened by what would happen if—heaven forfend!—people started eating less meat and more healthfully, even one day a week. (Read the news story about their reaction here.)

‘Michigan Meatout Day’ proclamation

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.

Photo of cow head at Michigan supermarket by farlane on Flickr. Photo of “Mama Cow hovering protectively over her calf in the Miracle of Life exhibit at the Michigan State Fair” by Maia C on Flickr, both used under Creative Commons license.

UPDATE: Michigan Senate fires back, asking the governor to rescind her proclamation.

UPDATE 2: The Michigan United Conservation Clubs and MichiganOutofDoors.com have declared Michigan Meat Eaters Day on March 20. Check out their ridiculous proclamation here!

And by the way, aren’t you weirded out when hunting clubs call themselves “conservation” clubs? Yeah yeah, I know that some of these organizations do positive things for the environment, but the whole mindset just strikes me as backwards.


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Um, I don’t think that being elitist and particular about what you put in your body is a bad thing. 🙂

Comment by cathy

Wow…a governor wrote that?

It’s so well-worded and reasonable.

Good, governor, good girl.

Comment by Cockroach!

Right on, Cathy! And thanks for checking out my blog!

Cockroach: I’m sure the governor didn’t write it, but rather signed off on something those obnoxious, agriculture-hating, un-American food elitist vegetarians wrote.

“‘Great Americans eat red meat,’ declared Sen. Alan Sanborn, R-Richmond,” says an update to this story just posted. http://tinyurl.com/y8fbxx8

This story is making me more and more ill. 😦

Comment by Carrie M

It is true about many hunting organizations doing more for habitat than others. I don’t see a whole lot of liberals donating money, property, work, etc. to provide habitat for wildlife. Mostly it is just a nice thing to talk about at coffee shops and feel warm and fuzzy.

For instance:
“How Ducks Unlimited Conserves”

From Wikipedia:

“DU has become a leader in habitat preservation and has conserved more than 12.6 million acres (46,900 km²) of waterfowl habitat in North America. DU partners with a wide range of corporations, governments, other non-governmental organizations, landowners, and private citizens to restore and manage areas that have been damaged and to prevent further degradation of existing wetlands. DU is also active in working with others to recommend government policies that will positively influence wetlands and the environment. DU generates $200M in revenues each year, 87% of which goes directly towards habitat conservation. Their sources of revenue include Federal and State habitat reimbursements (32%), conservation easements (27%), sponsors and members (25%), major gifts and donations (11%) and royalties/advertisement (5%). By its efforts DU attempts to benefit biodiversity, water quality, the environment, and the economy in the areas in which it is active.”

I don’t hunt, but truth is truth. 12.6 MILLION acres. How many acres has PETA managed to preserve?

Thanks for letting me add my 2 cents.

Comment by Steven Morrisroe

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