Our way of life

Jeez, Nebraska, take a chill pill. You can’t make us eat your damn beef.

Nebraska’s governor Pete Ricketts railed Monday against a proclamation by the governor of neighboring Colorado that encourages people to avoid meat for one day a week, calling it a “direct attack on our way of life” and signing a pro-meat declaration of his own.

Well the beef-producing “way of life” has some horrendous environmental fallout, so maybe that should be part of the picture. The fact that something is a “way of life” for some people doesn’t mean it’s harmless or beneficial for all people or for the environment that all animals (including us) depend on.

“If you were to get rid of beef in our country, you would be undermining our food security, an important part of a healthy diet, and also destroying an industry here in our state that’s very important,” Ricketts said.

Activists haven’t sought any similar measures in Nebraska, but Ricketts said he wanted to push back preemptively against their ideas “to make sure they don’t get any traction”.

You have to eat meat for every meal every day, god damn it, because you owe it to Nebraska.

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