To the Editor:

With New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, consider the popular trend toward a healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate meat-free diet.

According to Harris Interactive, 47 percent of American consumers are reducing their consumption of animal products.

USDA projects this year’s per capita chicken and beef consumption to drop by 8 percent and 17 percent, respectively, from their 2006 peaks. Similar dramatic drops are projected for pigs and turkeys.

Milk consumption has fallen by a whopping 40 percent since 1970.

Fast-food chains like Subway and Chipotle are responding to the growing demand by rolling out vegan options.

The Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Diego school districts, serving more than a million meals a day, have adopted Meatless Mondays. Entering “Meatout Mondays” in a search engine brings tons of useful recipes and transition tips.

Kelvin Tinker


(2) comments


Couldn't agree with Strangelove more. I am fed up wtih airhead tree huggers spewing their inane left wing nonsense without any basis in fact. How arrogant of you to tell me what to eat. I certainly have a thought of something you could eat.

Dr Strangelove

I really thought we’d get through the Holidays this year without one of these leaf and rock eaters sending a letter.
As soon as I saw the title I just knew another letter from a vegetarian/vegan on the evils of meat. I think we need to have a study on vegetarian/vegan(s) because they seem to have a psychological problem with the eating habits with other people but fail to look at their own.

It all depends on how much a person eats—eating too much vegetables/fruits can kill you too. What I don’t understand is why you vegetarians/vegans worry about what other people eat? If want to eat that way that’s your business you people obvious don’t have much of a social life if all you do is worry what’s on other peoples plates?

Let’s get real the majority of heart disease in the U.S. are people overeating and being overweight—and yes there are overweight vegetarians/vegans. Life is all about choices I choose to eat meat with my vegetables in moderation—so stay off my plate Kelvin (Bloomberg) Tinker I believe you’d be happier in NYC?

Here are some facts that our vegetarian/vegan friends don’t tell us.

Fruit and vegetables can be as germ-laden (unhealthy) as meat.

According to the CDC, foodborne Illnesses associated with the consumption of fresh fruits and produce account for approximately 12% of the reported foodborne illnesses in the United States. Altogether, the CDC estimates that food-borne illness causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year in the United States. And reported cases represent only a fraction of the actual number because a vast majority of sufferers don’t go to a doctor or get an exact diagnosis.

What many people don’t realize is that raw fruit and vegetables can also be risky. In a study of more than 100,000 illnesses linked to food between 1990 and 2006, they caused more problems than poultry and beef combined.

Now the fruit and vegetable only crowd always harp on the evils of meat but they never harp that fruit and vegetables are just as deadly. Every time there is a meat recall we get a letter on the evils of meat. Every time there is a vegetable/fruit recall they’re silent.

Now excuse me I need to go and eat some bacon.

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