USDA’s Vegan Days Cancelled

In a July 23rd memo titled “Greening Headquarters Update” the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) encouraged its employees to participate in “Meatless Mondays” where employees would forgo eating any meat on Mondays.

The USDA’s “Meatless Monday” memo (see page 3) reads like it could have come straight from an animal rights organization’s website.  Here are some quotes:

“While a vegetarian diet could have a beneficial impact on a person’s health and the environment, many people are not ready to make that commitment. Because Meatless Monday involves only one day a week, it is a small change that could produce big results.”

“According to the U.N., animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change. It also wastes resources.”

“In addition there are many health concerns related to the excessive consumption of meat.”

This is scary stuff from the agency that regulates and is supposed to promote our country’s farmers and ranchers.

Yesterday, the USDA has removed the memo from its site.  A USDA spokesperson said that the memo had not been approved and the USDA does not endorse the meatless initiative.

The so-called “mistake” by the USDA comes as it is currently proposing new rules to regulate dog owners; rules being pushed by many of the same animal rights organizations that are pushing “Meatless Mondays.”

3 comments on “USDA’s Vegan Days Cancelled

  1. somsai says:

    On the contrary, I think that the fact that that language was pulled is a good sign. It’s likely that any org as large as the USDA would have some vegetarian food Nazis in the ranks. I assume the memo was pulled for a multitude of reasons, probably one of the biggest is that we are rethinking what is a healthy diet. Doctors used to point to red meat with lots of fat as being the leading cause of heart conditions because fatty meat has lots of cholesterol and fatty cholesterol build up in the heart and arteries was leading to heart attacks.

    Many medical professionals are rethinking. Many now are considering the combination of lots of starch especially refined sugars, when combined with excessive calorie intake to be the problem. A well marbled steak might well be less harmfull than a well marbled steak followed by a few pieces of pie.

    Elk is the only red meat I’ve had in months, I’d die for a piece of beef.

  2. Natasha Hunt says:

    Yay for Senator Moran, KS, for bringing attention to this. That’s the kind of attention we need, to make sure USDA knows people care and people are paying attention

  3. SmartysMom says:

    Based on the information available about USDA APHIS proposed ruling, it looks like they have been thoroughly hijacked by HSUS & Co. I don’t think it’s just a few. Everyone who cares should make object politically as much as possible.

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