Is there meat in your dietary future?

Opinions & sacred cows

by Ron Goble

In an effort to tie diet to climate change, San Francisco Board of Supervisors called for citizens of their whacked out community to make Mondays a “meatless” day.

Besides approving rules against using plastic grocery bags, mixing recycling with compost, smoking in sidewalk cafes, and identifying itself as a “Sanctuary City” for illegal aliens, San Francisco supervisors have passed a resolution asking residents to observe meatless Mondays, their latest legislative endorsement of healthy, eco-conscious living.

While they admit that the resolution has no teeth to put the bite on residents who choose not to refrain from eating meat, they are trying to draw attention to the relationship – farfetched as it may be – between diet and climate change.

Sponsored by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Mondays will be known as “Vegetarian Day” and restaurants, grocery stores and schools are urged to offer more plant-based options.

I can only imagine what is going through the minds of salmon fishermen, poultry producers, hog farmers, cattlemen and dairy producers. After all, one day a week takes about 15% of their market off the table in San Francisco. I don’t know of any industry that would appreciate being singled out by government like that and possibly losing 15% of their market.

I recommend that consumers take matters into their own hands and make a point of eating high on the hog – so to speak – every single “Meatless Monday.”

It would do my heart good to see those who frequent fine dining establishments in the City by the Bay to order beef tenderloin for two even though they may be dining alone. In doing so, they might share their meal with some of the many homeless people in the city.

If you are ordering a Big Mac at Mickey D’s, you might ask them to super-size it!

I like what Carter Nguyen, working behind the counter at Prather Ranch in the Ferry Building, told an ABC Channel 7 reporter. He dismissed the idea of a meatless Monday, telling his interviewer that he “eats meat every day.” Certified organic beef is a specialty at Prather Ranch.

Those of us living in the real world understand that San Francisco is known for its off-the-wall causes it embraces. Hope Bohanec, campaign director for In Defense of Animals told Fox News she was very excited and very proud of the supervisors. “We want to thank them for being forward-thinking and choosing to embrace and support a compassionate, environmental and healthy diet,” she gushed.

I contend that those involved in animal agriculture display compassion and environmental sensitivity every time they provide Americans with countless options for healthy and nutritious dining. Consumers can thank a farmer, rancher or dairy producer for providing essentials for life – protein and vitamin-rich products.

And if you want to fight obesity and live to be 100, just push yourself away from the table after you’ve enjoyed a well balanced meal; have a glass of red wine for your heart; a glass of milk for strong teeth and bones; and some ice cream for your disposition.

Have an opinion or response? E-mail Ron Goble, Associate publisher/editor, Western DairyBusiness at: rgoble@dairybusiness.com

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