Beef people cry foul: Obama is trying to kill our industry

Taking over the American health care system and interfering with school lunches wasn’t enough.

Now, the Obama administration wants to change the way Americans eat for a more “sustainable” future by pushing a “plant-based” diet down our throats.

And the beef industry is crying foul.

dairycow0224A report released last week by the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended federal measures to cut down on high-calorie foods in public buildings (such as schools) and taxing desserts and other high sugar and salt items, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

But the big problem is Americans more meat than is good for them – or the environment, the report states.

“The major findings regarding sustainable diets were that a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current U.S. diet,” DGAC said.

Hogwash, responded politicians from meat-producing states.

“Generations of cattle farmers and ranchers have been and continue to be conscientious about conserving limited natural resources,” Sen. Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, told FoxNews.com.

“They rely on the land and the environment for their livelihood. Those facts get lost in Washington and in arguments that eating red meat hurts the environment.”

What’s particularly chilling about the report is its assumption that the federal government should basically control every aspect of food production and consumption.

“New well-coordinated policies that include, but are not limited to, agriculture, economics, transportation, energy, water use, and dietary guidance need to be developed,” the report states.

“Behaviors of all participants in the food system are central to creating and supporting sustainable diets.”

“All participants in the food system” means – most especially – the people who participate by eating it.

And that means you. If the Obama-nuts get their way, better hope you like legumes.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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