To the editor:

March 23rd has been proclaimed by President Biden as National Agriculture Day, an occasion dedicated to the farmers and farmworkers who toil in all conditions to ensure that we all have a healthy, safe and abundant food supply.

The observance was first launched in 1973 by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), a nonprofit organization of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities.

I was shocked to learn that the governors of Nebraska, Wyoming and Iowa chose this special occasion to promote consumption of beef, the one agricultural product that has been linked overwhelmingly with high incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Beef is laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones and pathogens. It lacks complex carbohydrates, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.

I feel this is a blatant display of political corruption by elected officials overruling any concern for their constituents’ health and welfare.

(s) Eric Lindstrom,

Executive Director

Farm Animal Rights


Washington, D.C.

(5) comments

Schelly Jordan

Really....??? Someone from Washington, DC associated with an organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, a DC suburb offering us ethical and nutritional advice ? That’s like looking for government human rights advocates in Berlin around 1945. This misguided and intellectually confused individual is unaware of the nutritional requirements of human beings relative to protein, vitamins & minerals provided by beef. There are organizations worldwide that promote the raising of livestock for milk, cheese and meat to alleviate starvation in distressed countries and communities. A heifer out on the Southfork does not have a soul. Yes, it will recognize you, knows when the the alfalfa has arrived, etc. but it is food and other byproducts for humans as it has been since 8000 BC. Cave paintings don’t lie and are good advertising for what is good for us. Our kids learned all this through a couple of 4H projects. Meanwhile, Bill Maher, Alicia Silverstein and Bob Barker, who have been contributors to this fringe organization, will preach the Vegan Way to a malnourished, judge-mentally superior and self satisfied life to us from their mansions in Los Angeles. As for us, we’re moving the grill out of the wind and getting ready to grill tonight. It’s beef !!!!

Justin Smith

I feel like this is scientifically dishonest and the person who wrote this has little understanding of human nutrition.

"It lacks complex carbohydrates, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals."

Yes, because you aren't supposed to eat 100% of one thing only. You can actually die from eating too much black beans or drinking too much Earl Grey tea, there is medically documented cases of this. There is the story in nutrition class about the teenager that died from eating only fries and white bread; it wasn't the fries or the bread that killed them but the lack of other things.

For example: Spinach is one of the healthiest things you can eat but it doesn't have essential proteins or fats in enough quantity to healthfully sustain a human for a long life. It doesn't have vitamin B12 or D. If you ate only spinach you would probably have heart failure or kidney problems soon.

This was not a good angle to present your beliefs.

Tom Conners

This clown must live on Tofu.BEEF IS WHAT'S FOR DINNER.

Stu Martin

Hmmm... But it tastes so good grilled rare and smothered in garlic butter, piled with sautéed onions and button mushrooms, maybe even a touch of horseradish! You really should try it.... live on the razors edge a bit!

Joelene Smith

If beef is so bad why aren't we all dead.

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