July 4

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Have cookout food — but please don’t have a cookout

Close-up of a cheeseburger in a sesame seed bun with lettuce and sliced onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on a black background
Close-up of a cheeseburger in a sesame seed bun with lettuce and sliced onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on a black background
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It’s safe to say this Fourth of July will be different. In many places, there won’t be large fireworks displays or big cookouts. (Oh, you were planning a big cookout? Please don’t.)

Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad — these are the ubiquitous foods of Independence Day. It’s a time for reexamining a lot of things about the United States, but July 4 food doesn’t have to be one of them.

(And yes, I’m aware that one thing that needs changing in the U.S. is the food system, and that consuming less meat is part of that goal. …

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