Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Californians Are Welcome To Eat Meat In Texas

Reason No. 1,001 to move from California to Texas: We will cook you up a great steak on Mondays as well as the other six days of the week.

Not surprisingly, politicians in Los Angeles have done it again. The L.A. City Council has declared every Monday to be a so-called “Meatless Monday,” in which residents are encouraged to voluntarily abstain from eating meat.

Let’s revisit the facts. Research shows the healthiest diets include moderate portions of nutrient-rich meat and poultry. Contrary to “Meatless Monday” campaign claims, beef is both environmentally and nutritionally efficient. Cattle production requires less land, water and energy than in the past, and it provides 10 essential nutrients to your diet.

Of course, Americans should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but the key to healthy eating is a balanced diet that includes all the basic food groups. The fact of the matter is meat helps build a healthy body and its production and consumption contribute to our economy. Texas leads the nation in beef production thanks to our hardworking cattle producers who contribute $14.9 billion annually to our state’s economy.

If you ask me, leaders in California should be focused on serving up jobs rather than telling residents what to eat for dinner. Oh, and speaking of jobs reminds me of reason No. 1,002 to move from California to Texas: Texas is projected to grow at a rate of 1,500 people per day this decade. Now, that’s a lot of steak eaters, homebuyers and overall consumers ... all of which make for a good recipe!

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