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A no-meat day? Michigan farmers have a cow

FREEP.COM | DAWSON BELL | 03/17/10

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So you're a "food elitist" when you want to improve your diet - and you can look forward to personal attacks from the Farm Bureau and Department of Agriculture.

Michigan hunters and meat producers had a collective cow today at the news Gov. Jennifer Granholm had issued an official proclamation declaring Saturday "Michigan Meatout Day."

The proclamation was labeled "unconscionable and insensitive to livestock and dairy farmers by the Michigan Farm Bureau.

"It's inconceivable to us that the governor could stoop to this level of telling people what they should and shouldn't eat based on the philosophies of 'food elitists,' " said Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs posted an image of the proclamation on its Facebook page, quickly eliciting a call from members to observe Meatout Day by having a massive barbecue on the Capitol lawn.

Granholm's proclamation, issued at the urging of vegetarian activists, cited the benefits of a plant-based diet and the increasing availability of alternatives to meat and dairy products for vegans and vegetarians. Following a series of "whereases," Granholm encourages "the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat" on Saturday.

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