Nebraska launches ‘beef passport’ program for meat eating
Governor Pete Ricketts continues to support the meat industry, issuing a proclamation to make May "Beef Month" in Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is ramping up his crusade for the meat industry by endorsing a new “beef passport” program to promote meat eating, a few weeks after he blasted Colorado’s governor for a resolution encouraging its residents to eat less. Ricketts, a Republican, cast meat as essential to his state’s economy and the nation’s food security. He criticized “radical environmentalists” and Bill Gates for promoting alternatives, such as synthetic, lab-grown meat, and for arguing that the global meat production system isn’t sustainable. His spoke at a downtown Lincoln steak house, where he issued his annual proclamation of May as “Beef Month.