Anti-meat letter unoriginal, inaccurate |

Anti-meat letter unoriginal, inaccurate

Dear Editors:

An anti-meat letter that ran in The Aspen Times is a classic example of “astroturf” (Washington, D.C., slang for fake grassroots movements) (“Meat eaters take note,” Dec. 29). The identical letter has run at least a dozen times across the United States and in Canada with a different signer in each paper.

And astroturfed doesn’t mean accurate. A wide-ranging review of studies examining meat’s alleged link to colorectal cancer that appeared in the May issue of Obesity Reviews found no evidence to support an association, much less a causal link, between eating red meat and that form of cancer.

Being a strict vegetarian – or even a vegan – is fine for the 1 to 2 percent of people who choose that diet, but the fact that they have to disseminate astroturf letters shows how little support they have for their agenda.

J. Justin Wilson

Senior research analyst,

Center for Consumer Freedom

Washington, D.C.

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