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Letter: Declare independence from the meat industry

Declare independence from the meat industry

What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues. The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, it avoids mentioning that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also forms cancer-causing compounds.

Fortunately, some forward-thinking food manufacturers have solved these issues by creating an amazing assortment of healthy and delicious veggie burgers and soy dogs. No nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds in these tasty, plant-based foods. They don’t carry cholesterol, saturated fats, antibiotics or pesticides. And they are conveniently waiting for us at almost every supermarket.

This Fourth of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry.

Blaine Hamilton