By John W. Lillpop
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been the object of much public scorn and ridicule recently for spending hard-earned taxpayer money to encourage more Americans to use food stamps.
The USDA idiocy of promoting dependence on public handouts even when so far as to partner with the Mexican government for help in reaching Mexicans living in America (legally?) and making sure said people were aware of the food stamp opportunities available just for asking.
Using US Taxpayer money in a foreign nation and foreign language to encourage eating on the US public dole must be a record-setting act of stupidity in an Administration where rampant stupidity is a badge of honor!
But wait, there is more!
As reported at the reference, meat heads at USDA have exceeded stupidity standards with a “Meatless Monday” promotion which takes the cake for government stupidity.
The USDA recently pushed a ‘Meatless Mondays’ initiative in an online newsletter to employees. Yes, that’s right -- the same folks who are supposed to back our countries’ farmers and ranchers attempted to proselytize ‘green’ initiatives… in the midst of a drought.Unbelievable!
"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."
The update went on to cite the "many health concerns" associated with "excessive consumption" of meat. It noted that many people are just not ready to go all-vegetarian, and said forgoing meat one day a week "is a small change that could produce big results."
So let’s get this straight – allegiance to the United Nations trumps America’s farmers and ranchers. Got it.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President J.D. Alexander called the move an ‘animal rights extremist campaign to ultimately end meat consumption.’
“This is truly an awakening statement by USDA, which strongly indicates that USDA does not understand the efforts being made in rural America to produce food and fiber for a growing global population in a very sustainable way,” said Alexander. “USDA was created to provide a platform to promote and sustain rural America in order to feed the world. This move by USDA should be condemned by anyone who believes agriculture is fundamental to sustaining life on this planet.”
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) grilled Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the newsletter and asked whether “Meatless Mondays” are officially endorsed. A USDA spokeswoman’s response was ‘no’ and the posting was subsequently removed.
"Never in my life would I have expected USDA to be opposed to farmers and ranchers," Moran said in a statement. "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."
At a time when America the great is set to implement huge spending cuts, including massive cuts in defense, which will weaken national defense and make our nation more vulnerable in an increasingly hostile world…some leftist dim wits are spending taxpayer money to promote “Meatless Mondays”??
What is behind this recent USDA tangent to provide unwise, unwelcome, unneeded, and un-American nanny advice?
A bit of advice to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other USDA malcontents: If you choose to not eat meat on Monday or any other day of the week, that IS YOUR business and your right!
Just keep your private preferences—well, PRIVATE!