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Pandemic helps holidays stay meatless

For the editor:

The scarcity of animal meat caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will keep our outdoor barbecues safe this Independence Day.

People grilling burgers and hot dogs are faced with a poor choice. The US Meat and Poultry Hotline advises grilling at high temperatures to avoid food poisoning from E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. But the National Cancer Institute warns that cooking processed meats at high temperatures generates carcinogenic compounds.

Fortunately, we no longer have to choose between food poisoning and cancer!

A group of enterprising American food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a rich variety of convenient, healthy, and delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy nuggets. These products do not contain unpleasant insects or carcinogenic compounds. They lack the cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, hormones, and pesticides of their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen section of our favorite supermarket, accompanied by nut-based ice creams, and other dairy-free desserts.

On this Independence Day, let’s declare our independence from the meat industry and its barbecue bugs! Let’s welcome convenient, delicious, healthy, eco-friendly and plant-based meat and dairy products into our kitchens!

– Arte Rister, Alliance

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