Michigan Meatout Day
Michiganâ??s hunter and meat community promptly retaliated to Granholmâ??s decision to make Saturday â??Michigan Meatout Day,â?? saying it is demeaning to Michiganâ??s entire agricultural industry and proves her willingness to cater to special interest.
The proclamation encourages Michiganders to forgo eating meat for one day to promote a healthy diet. It was referred to as â??unconscionable and an insensitive slap in the face to Michiganâ??s livestock and dairy farmersâ?? by Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood, in a press release.
â??Itâ??s inconceivable to us that the governor could stoop to this level of telling people what they should and shouldnâ??t eat based on the philosophies of â??food elitists,â??â?? Wood said in the statement.
Not only was the Governorâ??s rationale for encouraging residents not to eat meat in her proclamation â??misleading and incriminating,â?? Wood said, but itâ??s â??unbelievableâ?? that the governor decided to declare Meatout Day on the same day as National Agriculture Day.
â??Her action is blatantly degrading to Michigan consumers and farmers, and is destructive to Michiganâ??s entire $71.3 billion agriculture industry,â?? Wood said.
Encouraging healthy eating
Liz Boyd, spokeswoman for the Governor, said the Granholm Administration did not see the proclamation as belittling to farmers, hunters or meat-eaters.
The proclamation promotes a â??habit of healthy living by consuming a diet that is rich with vegetables, fruit, and whole grains, and by staying active.â?? It also delves into why eating meat can sometimes be unhealthy and encourages using fresh ingredients to make unique recipes.