Hat? Check! Coat? Check! Meatless lunch on Monday? WHAT THE???

I’m sure many of you have heard of the phenonmenon that is sweeping the nation called…”Meatless Mondays”.

August 18th, 2010, my own local newspaper, the Helena Independent Record (Which, by the way, there’s nothing independent about this newspaper. Completely biased), printed a story entitled “Meat lover meets tofu”, the “Room for Improvement” column written by freelance writer Sara Groves. Basically, it’s a column chock full of someones opinion. The article can be read here. Now, I’ve always stood up for the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I do, however, believe that opinions are like assholes, we all have one, and they all stink.

I’m going to touch on a couple of the more naive and totally opinionated points of her article. Basically, they are B.S.

First.  Ms. Groves ascertains

“Because according to nearly every study of American eating habits ever published, our diets, which are heavy on meat, cheese, fat and sugar while being light on vegetables, fruits and whole grains, result in an alarming rate of preventable, chronic diseases ranging from diabetes to heart disease.”

Who published said studies? When? Facts people! Post the facts!

Second.

“Additionally, it takes an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.”

I’m sorry? WHAT? Am I the only person who finds these numbers down right hilarious? I’m no scientist. I am a google user and you can bet I put it to good use trying to find studies, both for and against these numbers. Frankly. Anytime a google search comes up and it’s so biased that almost every entry has something to do with how positive a “vegetarian/vegan” lifestyle is, I basically take it for bunk. I’m even more disgusted when a group such as A.L.F gets in on the propaganda and people take the misinformation as fact. Impressive, really. Enjoy their 2 cents here. I’m still searching for the correct answer here. Is it even possible to come up with cold hard facts on this question? I did find this piece of information over at Drovers.com. And yes, I realize it’s a livestock publication, but one of the few I was able to find with the opposite opinion. And it makes 10 times more sense to me.

“As for the floating destroyer claim, the NCBA Web site puts that to rest as well. They use the U.S. Navy’s report that a destroyer needs about 2.11 million gallons of water to float. As we’ve learned, it takes 435 gallons of water to create a pound of boneless beef. If a steer weighing 1,000 pounds yields 450 pounds of boneless beef, that means it needs a total of 195,750 gallons of water  —  which would leave the destroyer high and dry.”

Third.

“Eat your morning cereal with soy or rice milk instead of cow’s milk.”

I’m sorry? How does this even computer in a “Meatless” diet? Sounds strangely like someone has been filling your head full of nonsense and maybe you got a kick back from “The Real Food Store” when this piece was published? I’m just speculating.

Thankfully, someone out there in Helena-land was listening and shot back with this equally compelling editorial. I commend you Rich Roth for standing up for the industry and producing facts, not opinion.

“Benefits of Meatless Monday dubious”.

  • Let ’em have it, girl!

  • Anonymous

    Tami,nnThere are plenty of sources out there that give an opposite view of the “water per pound” issue. You’ve posted one pdf, from a California based firm produced for the Water Education Foundation. I’m sorry, but this smacks directly of biased information.nnThanks for your input.n

  • Anonymous

    Tami,nnThere are plenty of sources out there that give an opposite view of the “water per pound” issue. You’ve posted one pdf, from a California based firm produced for the Water Education Foundation. I’m sorry, but this smacks directly of biased information.nnThanks for your input.n

  • Anonymous

    Oh…I will!n

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for it. I’ve actually started eating meat at all three meals on Mondays just in spite!nnTo bad “Triple-the-Meat-Monday’s isn’t so catchy, eh? nnThanks for commenting!

  • Anonymous

    Oh…I will!n

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for it. I’ve actually started eating meat at all three meals on Mondays just in spite!nnTo bad “Triple-the-Meat-Monday’s isn’t so catchy, eh? nnThanks for commenting!

  • I thought there were groups of people giving up meat on Fridays. Or is that only during lent? I like the idea of a “More Meat Monday” but… I’m horribly offensive and politically incorrect like that…

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