Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to speak to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people just outside of Mount Rushmore National Park. In a grand celebration of faith, family and freedom, visitors from across the country gathered in Keystone, S.D. to commemorate our nation’s independence.
I was so proud to watch my seven-year old daughter lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. And I may have even teared up a bit watching her, with her hand on her heart, boldly say, “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
I must admit she was a hard act to follow, and in my presentation I talked about how food security is national security, and how we as Americans must protect our sovereignty and our individual freedoms to make the best decisions for ourselves regarding our diets, our health, and our overall wellness.
To do that, we must endeavor against the propaganda machine that is pushing for us to eliminate meat from our diets to save the planet. Politicians, celebrities, and the media all seem to have a common goal — to replace nutritious, wholesome products like beef with alternative sources coming from plants, bugs, and fungus.
Don’t believe me? Well, just hear it from the horse’s mouth.
Bill Gates, a major farmland owner and investor in plant-based meats, said in an interview with the Technology Review, “I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.
“So for meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible. But it’s one of those ones where, wow, you have to track it every year and see, and the politics [are challenging]. There are all these bills that say it’s got to be called, basically, lab garbage to be sold. They don’t want us to use the beef label.”
Impossible Foods declares on its website, “The best way to reduce your carbon footprint, limit global warming, halt the collapse of biodiversity, save wildlife and ensure enough clean water for all of us is to ditch meat from animals.”
Beyond Meats says, “What if we took this cow off the table, and just made friends with her? What if burgers got healthier? What if just taking the animal out of the meat made us and our planet healthier? What if we all go beyond?”
Scholastic, a publication that is sent out to elementary schools across the countries, tells kids to choose plant-based proteins to save the planet. In case you missed my recap of this, check out my blog post here: “Scholastic — This ranch mom rejects your anti-beef message for kids”
And the mainstream media has pushed for Americans to give cicadas a try as their preferred choice of protein. As an example, NBC News recently had a segment titled, “Cicada pizza, tacos, and sushi are being gobbled up. Why Americans are finally eating bugs.”
I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again — beef isn’t afraid of competition. Trust me, I think we can compete against plant-based imitation patties and cicada pizzas.
What worries me is that this seems like a coordinated effort from the top down to significantly change dietary habits of Americans. Why would there be such a huge push to stop eating a protein-rich food like beef? What is to be gained by this move?
That answer is perhaps best left for a second blog post later down the road.
What’s comforting to me is that a recent Gallup poll reveals that 90% of consumers eat and enjoy meat, with global consumption expected to grow 1% in 2021.
It should warm your hearts that when I asked the crowd at Mount Rushmore if they planned to enjoy beef during their stay in South Dakota, I was met with the roaring noise of an enthusiastic crowd!
Want to stand up to the media, celebrities, and politicians who think they have the right to dictate what’s on your dinner plate? Be a rebel. Eat a steak, and be free!
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.