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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 4:30 am

To the Editor:

Whatever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

According to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat & Poultry Hotline, this year’s top threat is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs lurking in hamburgers and hot dogs at millions of backyard barbecues.

The Hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they don’t bother to mention that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also forms lots of cancer-causing compounds.

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising U.S. food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, and convenient, veggie burgers and soy dogs.

These delicious plant-based foods don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds.

They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our supermarket.

This Fourth of July holiday weekend offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.

Kelvin Tinker

Killeen

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6 comments:

  • Dr Strangelove posted at 9:07 am on Mon, Jul 8, 2013.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 403

    Some these vegetarians/vegans and environmentalists it is a religion to them. They think they’re smarter than us; they want to save us and the planet. As I posted according to CDC people get sick more on vegetables than meat and poultry combined. I laugh at these hypocrites from the Hollywood left telling people don’t eat meat, don’t buy SUV’s yet they fly around in private jets. It’ a free country I don’t care what other people eat but stay off my plate. We’ll see another letter or two just before Thanksgiving on the evils of meat.

     
  • SGMJBUCK posted at 1:57 pm on Sun, Jul 7, 2013.

    SGMJBUCK Posts: 4

    I have been eating meat for as long as I can remember, and have never gotten sick from while enjoying it. I have, however, had food poisoning on several occasions,
    once from saurkraut, once from macaroni salad, and once from potato salad.
    I have a friend who almost died of e-coli, contracted from spinach, and another who became very ill after eating a simple lettuce and tomato salad.

    I admit that I tried a veggie burger, which tasted like cardboard, and also tried a tofu corndog, which tasted like wet cardboard rolled in sand... No, Thank YOU!

    I shall not ask you to join a specific religion, donate to a specific charity, or support a specific political party,...Therefore, don't attempt to select my food...

     
  • Eliza posted at 4:44 pm on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 654

    @ This Fourth of July holiday weekend offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie burgers and soy dogs with our family and friends.
    ---------------

    This past 4th of July, somebody told me the country was 237 years old.
    In all that 237 yrs., I would be willing to bet ,maybe a tenth of a percent of the people of the country, have ever ate a veggie burger, and that didn't even start until in the 60's or 70's.
    Now if what the writer of article is trying to get me to believe is every single person who has ever had a whopper is going to go onto their reward at a fast pace, then they would have, if they had ate veggie burgers all their lives, I'd have to say I disagree.
    I've never known of a single person who ate one of these meals he keeps talking about and some have lived for quiet a few years.

    Man has ate meat for a lot of years, As long as God keeps them supplied with this good food, they aren't going to stop, you're fighting a losing battle.

    The important thing is in anything is proportion.

     
  • Bubba posted at 10:43 am on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 664

    Most people who do not have a varied diet are unhealthy weaklings who prove themselves to be a burden on society through an excessive need for healthcare, which could have been avoided by eating a proper diet, including meat, vice adhering to their whackadoodle "lifestyles". These hipsters are mostly beatnik-style "occupiers" who lack hygiene, jobs, and health insurance. When not playing video games, they are at the emergency room for their chronic illnesses, brought on by improper nutrition. Taxpayers get the bill. Just saying.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 9:05 am on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 403

    Every time these people post the vegetarian/vegan propaganda I’ll post some real facts that our vegetarian/vegan friends don’t tell us.

    Fruit and vegetables can be as germ-laden 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!

    It’s much more common than you think. “Imagine you are standing around with six friends,” says Nancy Donley, board president of Stop Foodborne Illness, a nonprofit group dedicated to food safety. “Then think that one of you is going to be stricken with food poisoning this year.” Most cases cause relatively mild symptoms that resolve within a couple of days, but some are more serious. And bacteria that strong immune systems handle relatively easily can be dangerous or even deadly to vulnerable populations, including young children and those with compromised immunity.

    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.

     
  • Bubba posted at 8:56 am on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 664

    You again? More nonsense about "veggie burgers"? Frankly, this nonsense has become tiresome and indicate an agenda on the editorial staff of this paper. If you want to be a plant-chewing hipster, move to Austin; a town that recently made the list of snotty towns full of hipsters drinking goat milk and other nonsense. Humans are omnivorous creatures, and that includes eating meat. When properly prepared, tasty delicious meals of meat are actually good for you. So spare us the this claptrap.