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Apr 30, 2008 12:53 PM

Food Network Blurb..EAT LESS MEAT


I kid you not.

I looked up during a commercial and saw it as a "eating green tip" and it flashed by...I had to look it up on their website.

12. Eat less meat.
It takes much more energy, water and resources to produce a pound of meat, than a pound of grain or produce.

Am I weird to be a little shocked by this? I have friends that are vegans and vegetarians, but they are friendly ones. I have come across my fair share of what I would call "militant" vegetarians lately...people who have an agenda to abolish the world of meateaters...while I think it would be odd...and a money losing strategy for the food network to support such a position, it surprised me to see it there.

Free range, grass fed meats are plentiful around here, and don't have to cost an arm and a leg..same with chicken, even pork can be raised with minimal grain (nuts, whey, etc) now.

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    1. I don't see how this blurb is "militant vegetarian."

      1. Well, eating commercially produced beef is hard to defend from an environmental standpoint. Unfortunately in the recent prevalence of chatty "how to be green" features on tv and in magazines, etc., they don't seem to have the space or inclination to explain that grass-fed meat, chicken, fish, etc. are all viable alternatives to commercial beef.
        So they tend to default to knee-jerk "go vegetarian" messages. I have a problem with the trendy "green" movement for this and other related reasons. For instance, even if you and everyone you know never ate a McDonald's hamburger again, it wouldn't do a darn thing to combat global warming unless McDonald's or the ranchers or someone actually changes the way they raise beef or the amount they encourage people to eat.

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        1. re: Chowpatty

          To be fair to their brief list blurb and make the original post seem a little silly:

          13. Or be meat mindful.
          Look for beef products labeled "grass-fed." They’re better for you — less cholesterol, more nutrients and good for the planet.

        2. Somebody wanna explain to me how "eat LESS meat" somehow got twisted in your minds to mean "eat NO meat"?

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          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            I agree. I don't think statement is inflammatory at all. Nobody is telling you to give up your meat and be a vegetarian. If you guys think this is over the line, you haven't seen the PETA demonstrators throwing red paint on women wearing fur coats.

            That said, I would have expected more of this from a network like Discovery-Health as opposed to Food Network. Guess the whole "green" thing is becoming more mainstream. And I'm thankful that it is.

          2. Of course, there's the next item on the list:
            13. Or be meat mindful.
            Look for beef products labeled "grass-fed." They’re better for you — less cholesterol, more nutrients and good for the planet.