By: Sarah Ryan, YPC Leadership Board
I was perusing my news feed on Facebook this morning (Oct.1) and came across this message from Advocates for Agriculture: “CMT started off today with an insulting tweet, asking people if they can go meat-free today for World Vegetarian Day. They may play country music but they obviously don’t understand much of anything about what happens out in the country.”
Time for an admission, I haven’t joined Twitter. But, I did follow the link provided by Advocates for Agriculture to CMT’s tweet and was impressed by how quickly the meat raising agriculture community started to tweet back. Among the tweets was a call to boycott CMT. Can’t say I disagree… but I’d have to start watching so I could quit.
I am most impressed by the constant message that 1. CMT should be supportive of ranching families and eating meat and 2. constant positive messaging that eating meat is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Obviously this exemplifies again that programs like MBA are working! I’m really proud that agriculture has come so far (joining social media, etc.) and is ready with positive messages to promote our way of life.
Finally, I’m disappointed that companies, like CMT, have decided to promote one lifestyle choice over another. As one person tweeted, (in my words) wouldn’t CMT’s tweet have been better spent talking about today as the start of pink month and awareness than promoting a meat-free diet…
How do you react to these types of messages? Do you boycott any company that promotes meat-free days, especially meatless Mondays?