It appears to have been poor timing on the part of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She proclaimed March 20, which just so happens to be National Agriculture Day, as Michigan Meatout Day. Ag groups, meat lovers and hunters were not pleased.
“In observance of this day, I encourage the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat,” reads a part of her Meatout Day proclamation. “Eating a healthy diet can be fun. Explore the different recipes that can be created by using fresh ingredients and by having a sense of adventure.”
The Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan Agri-Business Association, among other ag groups, asked Granholm to rescind it. Instead, the governor’s office quickly also proclaimed March 20 as Michigan Agriculture Day.
“I urge all Michiganians to join me in recognizing the importance of our agricultural industry, from farm to fork, and to help celebrate this day with meals made with a variety of local Michigan ingredients, including but not limited to meat, vegetables and dairy products,” the new proclamation read.
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