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Organization uses slanted propaganda

Last week’s edition dated Wednesday, July 16, 2014, contained advertising that I’m sure struck a large nerve with many in the Pawhuska/Osage County community.

The paper contained a half-page advertisement from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) which claims to get a healthy “A+” rated lunch, the lunch should be vegetarian or vegan and these “options really power up your day.”

This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is PCRM is yet another organization that uses slanted propaganda to pursue their mission of ending animal agriculture.

The TRUTH is that eating meat, especially BEEF, builds stronger and healthier minds and bodies than a diet without meat. BEEF is the most efficient way to get your daily nutrient requirements of Zinc, Iron, Protein and B Vitamins. We also know that feeling hungry challenges children’s ability to concentrate. A protein rich diet that only meat can efficiently provide is the best way to combat the feeling of hunger “craves” so the children can perform scholastically to the best of their ability. Meat, BEEF especially, has gotten a bad and undeserving rapport for decades.

Mischaracterizations about the production of BEEF and especially untrue “science” regarding the health of people which eat it have gone on too long, perpetuated by media outlets which are only concerned about selling advertising regardless of the factual content, or lack thereof.

Groups like PCRM have great, misleading names that invoke acceptance of their message because their name implies trust. In this case, they are a propaganda machine based on bad science, if you must consider it science at all.

Real FACTS about meat can be found at BEEFNUTRITION.org, PORK.org, THEPOULTRYFEDERATION.org and at SOUTHWESTDAIRYFARMERS.com. It is paramount that everyone’s diet be balanced AND inclusive of meats, dairy, grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Will Cubbage

OSU Extension Ag Educator & CED

Osage County

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