EDITORIAL: Where's the beef?
Friday, October 17, 2008
(Rodney Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)
Wendy's coined the phrase "Where's the beef?" in the 1980s. Today, it seems that meat is out, and more expensive soy products and supplements are in. Helped by activist groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who cry "Meat is murder," they make Americans feel embarrassed to bite into a steak or take a swig of milk.
Health nuts ponder, should I eat meat? It can be fattening and can contain growth hormones that most of us can't pronounce. Americans could be better off without meat and animal products altogether, right? Well, experts say - a resounding no. Our bodies need meat and animal products, such as dairy, to function.
As animal-rights activists continue to protest the consumption of animal products, more evidence comes forward contradicting their obvious lack of knowledge where the human body is concerned. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the required dose of vitamin D needed for children to 400 daily units. The health benefits go unreported by activists. Women with higher levels of vitamin D are more likely to survive breast cancer once diagnosed and treated. Vitamin D helps prevent rickets, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and lowers mortality risk. The best source of vitamin D for the body comes from whole milk. In fact, human breast milk does not always contain enough vitamin D for developing babies. Try telling that to PETA. Read More
I am glad to see that the Washington Times editorial board has been reading my blog. The stories about Vitamin D and Travis Barker are articles that I have posted recently. Seriously though, it is very refreshing to see a major newspaper have the courage to stand up for agriculture and the products we produce instead of caving to activists and their agenda. Thank you Washington Times!