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By Jerry Nine

(April 24)—My sister brought it to my attention that Country Woman magazine for the April and May 2013 issue ran an article about going meatless on Mondays.

They say this is not only good for you but also your budget. It also states that skipping a meal just one day a week can lower your risk of preventable chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and help you live longer.

All four of my grandparents ate a lot of beef. One lived to be 87 and the other three lived to be 96. I guess if they had known this quack’s strategy they would have all lived to be 120. One of my younger sons said a classmate of his told him he was a vegetarian. I told my boys that doesn’t surprise me at all—because this boy looks very frail, if not anemic. You can be sure that I am probably as biased in the opposite direction as the person who wrote that article. There is a female friend of mine who eats very little meat. She does have some health issue a fair amount of the time. The last time she got out of the hospital she said she craved hamburgers. Her body was telling her that she was short of iron or other essential benefits you get from meat. I wonder if Country Woman magazine doesn’t realize that the majority of its readers have ties to country life? And probably a big majority of them raise livestock for a living. And for them to even allow an article like this to be run in their magazine, in my opinion, is absurd.

Beef is a very high-quality protein and 29 cuts of beef meet USDA guidelines for lean beef. Beef today in the United States is raised in a sustainable and environmental responsible way. In fact, U.S. produces 20 percent of the world’s beef supply with only 7 percent of the cattle. USDA recommends a diet of lots of fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and low fat dairy products along with lean meat and plenty of exercise.

I challenge you to contact Country Woman magazine and let them know of your disapproval of this article and their magazine for allowing it to be printed. Instead of boycotting meat for a day perhaps you might boycott Country Woman.

The would probably be better if they would simply suggest to Americans to be healthy—they should get their butt off the couch and exercise.

We got another freeze the past two nights with the temperature getting as low as 22 degrees Fahrenheit. I can’t help but think that will hurt the wheat. The cattle market is improving some these past two weeks. To the east they have been getting good moisture. To the west—the farther you go the drier it gets. Be happy. No one likes to be around an ole grouch.

Date: 4/29/2013


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