Since When Did the USDA Start Promoting ?Meatless Mondays??

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By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com

The United States Department of Agriculture prides themselves on providing leadership on food and agriculture has been found to be promoting ?Meatless Monday?s? in their newsletter sent out to employees in order to ?reduce their environmental impact.?

This shocking discovery was exposed by Kansas Senator Jerry Moran calling out Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Senate Floor asking why USDA was discouraging their employees from consuming meat and dairy products.

"American farmers and ranchers deserve a USDA that will pursue supportive policies rather than seek their further harm. With extreme drought conditions plaguing much of the United States, the USDA should be more concerned about helping drought-stricken producers rather than demonizing an industry reeling from the lack of rain,? Moran said in a statement.

The USDA is on the defensive and has said that the newsletter was distributed without proper approval. The newsletter in question has since been removed from the department?s website.

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USDA Newsletter Gaffe Ignites Fury from Texas and Iowa Senators

By Jean-Paul McDonald, Farms.com

Farmers and ranchers across the United States got a mixed message from the USDA last week when an un-approved employee newsletter suggested that USDA employee?s go ?Meatless? on Mondays as a way to off-set their carbon footprint.

This obviously didn?t sit well with farmers and ranchers who are struggling to maintain their herds through one of the hottest, driest years in recent history. This also didn?t sit well with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) who have declared ?Meat Monday? in protest of the ?Meatless Monday? fiasco.

"In some of the toughest times they?ve seen in recent memory, Texas cattle ranchers and farmers deserve an administration who works with them," said Cronyn, "not one who undermines them with boneheaded decisions from bureaucrats in Washington". "This is a reminder to USDA that it?s supposed to advocate for American agriculture, not against it," added Grassley.

More at http://www.farms.com/news/u-s-senators-send-smoke-signals-to-usda-over-meatless-monday-54192.aspx
 
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