By: Will Coggin
Newspaper: The Town Talk

An exact copy of the supposedly “grassroots” letter telling people to eat vegetables rather than meat at Memorial Day barbecues ran in many other news outlets as well under different names. (“Put Veggies on the Grill,” May 22.) This was clearly an anti-meat organization’s desperate and phony attempt to give the appearance that its dietary agenda has broad public support. This kind of campaign is known as “astroturfing” because it lacks true grass roots — which is ironic, given the pro-plant inclinations of these vegetarian groups.

Despite the reckless and unscientific scare tactics against meat, experts agree that lean meat is an important part of a healthy diet. According to the National Institute of Health, vitamin B12, which is vital for brain development, is found naturally only in animal products. Meat is also high in zinc, iron, riboflavin, niacin and many other important nutrients. Many vegetables taste good on the barbecue. Astroturf does not.