A dif­fer­ent kind of Fourth

Metro USA (Boston) - - LETTERS & GAMES -

Nearly 240 years ago, our found­ing fathers de­clared our in­de­pen­dence from Great Bri­tain. This Fourth of July, let’s de­clare our in­de­pen­dence from the meat in­dus­try.

More than 60 per­cent of U.S. agri­cul­tural sub­si­dies pay for meat, dairy and egg pro­duc­tion. Fresh fruit and veg­etable farm­ers re­ceive less than one per­cent of the to­tal. It’s time to de­clare our in­de­pen­dence by stop­ping these sub­si­dies.

Our an­nual med­i­cal care ex­pen­di­tures for dis­eases as­so­ci­ated with con­sump­tion of an­i­mal prod­ucts are es­ti­mated at $300 bil­lion. Much of the cost is borne by our taxes through Medi­care, Med­i­caid, Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Oba­macare. It’s time to de­clare our in­de­pen­dence by tax­ing an­i­mal prod­ucts to re­cover these costs. Cur­rently, the meat in­dus­try is get­ting Congress to gut di­etary rec­om­men­da­tions by a gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed panel of our na­tion’s top nu­tri­tion­ists. It’s time to de­clare our in­de­pen­dence by telling the meat in­dus­try to butt out.


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