Meatless Mondays at USDA Out-and-Out "Treason," Ag Commish Staples Says

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Seriously, everybody.
Imbroglios don't get more prosaic than this: A USDA newsletter suggests its employees practice "Meatless Mondays," thereby shrinking their ecological footprint. Skip the Salisbury steak at the cafeteria and eat a plant instead.

Take into account the ever-swelling asses of the American public and this isn't such a bad idea. To the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, though, the USDA has turned its back on them. Kansas Senator Jerry Moran took it the logical next step: "Never in my life would I have expected USDA to be opposed to farmers and ranchers." And Texas Ag Commish Todd Staples, currently angling for lieutenant governor, waded in with his own, typically measured, not-at-all-attention-seeking rhetoric on his blog Thursday.

The person responsible for the "treasonous," once-weekly eschewing of cafeteria meat should be fired. Never mind that vegetables, too, are products of agriculture, Staples wants you to "imagine Ford or Chevy discouraging the purchase of their pickup trucks. Anyone else see the absurdity? How about the betrayal?"

"Why should our hardworking beef producers be paying the uninformed enemy's salary? Without delay, the responsible parties have got to go. At a time when historical droughts are threatening the livelihoods of our beef producers and diminishing our food supply, the last thing we need is a USDA that adds insult to injury."

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has rescinded the newsletter bearing the Meatless Monday message. USDA functionaries may still pursue Mondays meatlessly, but they will be lower-case and unsanctioned.

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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

Michelle goes meatless every night.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Alternatives to animal flesh include tofu, seitan, eggs, and mushrooms, to name a few.  Delicious when prepared with flavor-enhancing condiments such as soy sauce, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and a host of other condiments, these products may satisfy and sustain even the most hard-core human carnivore.

EdD.
EdD.

Wait until next Spring when these folks find out that an elite foreign religious leader (currently a former Nazi Youth member!) orders his followers to have "Meatless Fridays" during the 40 days before Easter. (Luckily, there is much drinking and consumption of pancakes on the Tuesday before this 40 day period of self-sacrifice.)

robbysalz
robbysalz

Someone should tell him..."don't have a cow, man"

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I guess I will start have to eating extra pork, beef and chicken on Mondays. Though, it all tends to be free range and grass fed at m y house (it just has a better taste).

Bremarks
Bremarks

Why the paranoia?  It's a suggestion.  We would all be heathier if we ate less beef.  When did trying different things become "social engineering?"

jmckee3
jmckee3

"Treasonous"? Come on, if you are going to be ridiculously hyperbolic you might as well go all the way and call him "literally Satan", then you get the religious nuts that make up the Republican base fired up too.

jerikjonsson
jerikjonsson

You know, right-wing demagoguery gets way harder to criticize in the face of actual federal attempts at social engineering.  How in the hell did someone at USDA get such an inflated perception of his job description?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Carnivores are skinnier than Omni & Herbivores.  If you just shoved meat in your piehole, you would lose weight.  It is when Americans mix it with mass quantities grains (processed and unprocessed) and corn syrup . . . that has caused the airlines to drastically recalculate typical passenger load weights on commercial carriers since the 1970s.

ket354
ket354

Wouldn't a more accurate analogy be some federal agency with oversight of the car industry buying fuel efficient american cars rather than big trucks where the cars meet their needs?

Albert
Albert

When Obama hands the reigns of power to Michelle and Vice-President Bloomberg, this could become the law of the land.

jerikjonsson
jerikjonsson

 @Bremarks 1st: How would that make us healthier?  Also, who's "us."

2nd: Why is anyone at USDA wasting time with this?  How is it possibly a responsible use of tax dollars?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @holmantx I enjoy meat as much as anyone, but cite a source or shut the hell up--that's quite the fuzzy logic you're spewing.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @ket354 NO...JUST NEED A 1000 MILE LONG ELECTIC EXTENSION CORD FOR YOUR OBAMAMOBILE...

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @ket354 I kind of thought the same thing.  More akin to the DOT suggesting it's employees carpool or take the bus instead of driving to work in a 30' long SUV.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Albert MICHELLE WILL HAVE BLOOMBERG ON THE FLOOR OF THE OVAL OFFICE EXPLAINING WHY 32 OZ IS NOT ENOUGH.

ket354
ket354

Why would our socialist overlord ever hand the power over to any other than the one? And isn't he the most socialist man ever to walk the blessed soil of our great nation, how could anyone else ever be worse? I think you need to pay more attention in church next time, Reverend Beck doesn't appreciate sloppy reasoning by his listeners. 

Bremarks
Bremarks

 @jerikjonsson

 If you actually read the newsletter, you would see it's your basic inhouse variety, commonly found in public and private organizations, both for profit and nonprofit, used as a tool to promote communication within an organization.  Here's the actual money quote from the newletter:

 

"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......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.  Did you notice that our cafeterias have tasty meatless options? So you can really help yourself and the environment while having a good vegetarian meal!

 

The writer goes one to talk about the cafeteria's use of locally produced wildflower honey from Shipman VA.

 

Wow, now that's some really serious social engineering going on there!

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Scruffygeist GOD TOLD ME THE SAME THING...IT IS IN THE BIBLE, AND IT IS WHAT JESUS WOULD DO.....LIKE FISH IS MEAT.

HE SENT DISCIPLES OUT TO BE FISHERS OF MEN...MAYBE THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED AT PENN STATE TO SANDUSKI....

TSTS
TSTS

 @Bremarks Crazy how emotional people get when you try to suggest changes in their diet. If you want social engineering, look at the nonstop marketing by dairy - an industry heavily subsidized by the US government - or the indirect subsidies to the cattle industry. As study after study shows, including one in March from the Harvard School of Public Health, eating beef IS bad for you. That USDA employee should be rewarded for exhibiting some common sense.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @holmantx WELL, THE DINOSAURS DIED OFF AS VEGETARIANS.....AND THE VELOSORAPTERS ARE NOW BIRDS EATING WORMS....

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

 @brantley.hargrove1 We don't have two stomachs, our eyes are fixed on the front of our heads for hunting, plant protein cannot replace meat protein in our systems, and  I don't care who you are, go three to five days without eating and you will tear raw flesh with teeth made for such a purpose.  It's best to hunt on an empty stomach.  Improves vision and your pulse quickens at the sight of prey.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @holmantx It's a little more complicated than going complete-meat. I get your point, but the many morons of the world would mess that up too.

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