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

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