USDA Tells Employees To Help Save The Planet By Avoiding Meat
There are so many things wrong with this. First, the government ought not be telling people what to eat. Second, the government ought not be taking sides against one of America’s most important industries. Especially a branch of the government that has a role in regulating that industry.
On Wednesday, Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran called on Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to explain why the agency’s employee newsletter encouraged them to not eat meat and participate in the “Meatless Monday” initiative for the environment.
“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/,” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) July 23, 2012 “Greening Headquarters Update” read. “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.”
Pointing to the United Nations as their informational authority, the USDA’s newsletter said that going meatless is good for the environment because “animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.
Government regulators are supposed to act like referees in the market place, impartially applying the law. Under the Obama administration, the government acts more as political activists pushing a certain agenda.
If anti-meat environmentalists want to champion their cause and convince their fellow Americans not to eat meat, then fine. It’s a free country. But that sort of activism has no place in the government.
Here’s video of Senator Moran talking about the USDA newsletter on the floor of the Senate: