Carnivorous Culture War
Colorado “Meat Out Day” followed with several advocates for “Meat In Day” and other days encouraging people to eat meat.
Story by Sarah Loomis
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado declared March 20, 2021 to be “Meat Out Day” in his state, where people should start “removing animal products from our diets reduces the risk of various ailments, including heart disease, high-blood pressure, stroke, various cancers, and diabetes”.
The governor issued this day to attempt to cut greenhouse gases through a statewide diet day. Although Governor Polis received criticism for this proclamation, he states that he still supports the meat industry and does not want to take away for the work they do in the state.
For background information, red meat contains a source of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need, such as B12 and Vitamin D, to function properly. It is also commonly known that red meats are high in protein which is essential to a healthy diet. There are of course positive and negative aspects to everything, and it is important to remember that any type of food is good in moderation.
As for the greenhouse gases that livestock produce, ruminants such as cattle produce methane as part of their normal digestive system. That methane is transferred through manure which can produce greenhouse gases. Livestock emissions represent less than three percent, proving that they are not the main problem causing climate change.
With that being announced, livestock producers encouraged all to purchase red meat in bulk on that day and to share on social media the benefits that beef has for one’s health and for the planet. Governor Pete Ricketts of Nebraska who took notice rather quickly stated that in Nebraska, March 20th will be “Meat on the Menu Day”.
Governor Ricketts tweeted on March 5, 2021, “While meat is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, there are radical anti-agriculture activists that are working to end meat production and our way of life here in Nebraska.”
For the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, it honestly punched the producers in the gut. This industry that supplies billions of dollars are shoved to the side because of misinformation.
There are so many unanswered questions that everyone involved would like answers. How did this day effect the economy? What was the statistics on the amount of people that actually participated in this day? Is this going to be a domino effect? The internet will be flooded with statistics and facts in the upcoming month, so we can only wait and see.
Photos by Phillip Kitts