Governor Proclaims Michigan Meatout Day

By DeEtta Bohling
Communications Specialist
Kansas Corn Growers Association
Kansas Sorghum Producers Association

The ag community isn’t a fan of Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm today. Governor Granhom has proclaimed March 20, ‘Michigan Meatout Day’. As you may already know, March 20 also falls on National Ag Day.

Michigan is home of a nearly $2.5 billion livestock industry. Michigan’s 21,845 dairy beef, pork and poultry producers along with 17,000 corn and soybean producers can’t be thrilled by this action.

The proclamation by Granholm, (found below) highlights the benefits of plant-based diets and requests that Michigan residents not eat meat on Saturday, March 20th.

Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood says “It’s inconceivable to us that the governor could stoop to this level of telling people what they should and shouldn’t eat based on the philosophies of ‘food elitists’.”

Michigan Farm Bureau called the proclamation “unconscionable and insensitive to livestock and dairy farmers.” Conservative groups responded to Granholm with a massive barbecue on the Capitol lawn Tuesday night. The governor is now caught in the middle saying the proclamation was issued at the request of vegetarian activists. Liz Boyd, a spokeswoman for Granholm is trying to make amends with the meat industry by working with the Department of Agriculture to also celebrate all-purpose agriculture on the 20th.

It is also reported that spokeswoman Liz Boyd tried to restore calm by saying the governor herself is not a vegetarian and is as likely to eat meat on Saturday as any other day.

“We did not see the proclamation as belittling” to farmers, hunters or meat-eaters, Boyd said. Nonetheless, Boyd said Department of Agriculture is working on a companion resolution to also make Saturday a celebration of all-purpose agriculture, including the kind celebrated by carnivores.

What can you do to support the livestock industry? For us, this is just one more bump in the road. View this as an opportunity to make your voice heard. One quick and easy way is by joining over 1,000 people on the Facebook event ‘Michigan Meat Day’ at http://bit.ly/ahpkzm.  You can also leave your comments for Governor Granholm at http://tinyurl.com/yxlq79. I encourage you to view the the stories posted below and be sure to submit your comments. And for goodness sake, enjoy your beef, pork, or chicken on Saturday.

‘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.

Also read: Michigan Governor Supports Anti-Meat Day, Michigan Meatout Day?, Meatout Day Leaves Bad Taste, Governor Proclaims Saturday Meatout Day

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