USDA Urges Employees to Not Eat Meat on Monday …To Help Mother Earth

It’s an Obama World–

Your tax dollars are now funding a USDA meatless Monday campaign. The USDA urged employees to skip eating meat on Monday to reduce their environmental impact on the planet.

It Helps Mother Earth

The USDA memo was especially biased against beef producers.

“One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the “Meatless Monday” initiative http://www.meatlessmonday.com/. This international effort, as the name implies, encourages people not to eat meat on Mondays. Meatless Monday is an initiative of The Monday Campaign Inc. in association with the John Hopkins School of Public Health.

How will going meatless one day of the week help the environment? The production of meat, especially beef (and dairy as well), has a large environmental impact. According to the U.N., animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change. It also wastes resources. It takes 7,000 kg of grain to make 1,000 kg of beef. In addition, beef production requires a lot of water, fertilizer, fossil fuels, and pesticides. In addition there are many health concerns related to the excessive consumption of meat.

But the Obama USDA was forced to take down the post after after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association denounced it.
The AP reported:

The Agriculture Department says a statement on its website encouraging its employees not to eat meat on Mondays was made without proper clearance.

The posting earlier this week was part of an internal newsletter that discusses how staff can reduce their environmental impact while dining at the agency’s cafeteria.

The newsletter referred to United Nations data that cites animal agriculture as a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.

USDA spokeswoman Cortney Rowe says the department does not endorse the “Meatless Monday” initiative, which is part of a global public health campaign.

The agency removed the posting hours after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association denounced it in a news release.

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