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May 6, 2021Omaha, Neb. | By: AP
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."