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May 6, 2021Omaha, Neb. |  By: AP

Nebraska launches 'beef passport' program for meat eating

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."