Video: Say, why is the USDA attacking meat-eating?

posted at 11:21 am on July 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Yes, that would be the US Department of Agriculture, which is supposed to promote agriculture.  Agriculture includes cattle ranching as well as farming (and dairies!).  One of the most significant duties of the USDA is to rate the quality of meat so that consumers can be sure they’re eating healthy food.  So why did the USDA send out a message to its employees discouraging the consumption of meat, using United Nations material?  Senator Jerry Moran, a Republican who represents cattle-ranch-heavy Kansas, asked that question on the floor of the Senate yesterday:

“One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias is to participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative ,” 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. It also wastes resources. It takes 7,000 kg of grain to make 1,000 kg of beef. In addition, beef production requires a lot of water, fertilizer, fossil fuels, and pesticides.” It further charged that heavy meat consumption has detrimental health effect.

The USDA later claimed that the message was not authorized for the website and has been removed, and that the USDA does not endorse “Meatless Monday.”  Sounds like this agency needs a little less fat and a lot more toughness in its management.


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kringeesmom on July 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Go for a brisk walk, bicycle, run, swim, roller blade or anything that increases your respiration rate. That would truly be classified as human caused CO2.

chemman on July 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

How can you have any pudding when you don’t eat your meat?

Sekhmet on July 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I always thought there was a “B” in there somewhere…..

Tenwheeler on July 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Kick the UN out of NY; let them go to Havana; stop giving them money and ignore them. Problem solved.

kenny on July 26, 2012 at 12:25 PM

War on 1%-ers… check
War on women… check
War on Catholic Church… check
War on Mormons… check
War on Second Amendment… check
War on Cattle Ranchers… check
War for Entitlements… check
War for Illegals… check

“you want some of me?”
- bHo the peaceful pResident

VietVet_Dave on July 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

There’s a simple solution:
Eat Mor Chikin

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Heh. We sent a runner off to Chick-fil-A today for the whole office.

As for Tom Nutsack, time to close the USDA. And HUD and DE and Commerce …

Jaibones on July 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Our stomachs can’t turn grass into protein, but cattle can. So when the USDA comes out with a newfangled artificial Mean Green Grass to Protein Machine, I’ll have Meatless Mondays. Do I get a Gubmint subsidy if I feed it clippings from my lawn mower?

Steve Z on July 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

And yet, when livestock eat it, it’s a wasted resource.
But when wild animals eat it, it’s somehow not a problem.

Badger40 on July 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I agree. Have you read Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It? Very informative. The government’s reliance on “consensus science” to promote a low fat, high carbohydrate diet beginning in the 1960′s (which was originally developed by nutritionists, not the scientists and doctors who actually studied how the body stores fat) reminds me a lot of the whole global warming thing going on now. I believe the obesity epidemic we are now experiencing has a lot to do with the low fat/high carbohydrate diets pushed by the government. When government starts pushing a “scientific” agenda, watch out.

mbs on July 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I haven’t read that specific book, but looking at the reviews on it I’ve read the same theories and put them into practice elsewhere. I used to be fat. I understand how difficult it is to lose weight. I know how hard it is in a stressful day to eat right when your body is giving you signals that it wants a quick fix. But it’s possible to fix.

We are definitely experiencing an “obesity epidemic” due to the stupidity of our government’s health crazes and anti-fat crusade. It is very similar to the AGW fight we’re facing right now. History and evidence that do not support their faith will be ignored. Then you’ll do great damage to society till the truth comes out.

Our bodies aren’t made to eat sugar. Sugar used to be a rare treat, a product the body almost never received so the pleasure response when eating it is self-explanatory. It’s great for quick energy and our muscle cells do crave it when they’re depleted. But we usually do not understand what the proper limits are to fill those cells versus excessive consumption which will cause insulin spikes and fat storage.

P.S. If you’re hungry, drink a large glass of water and wait 20 minutes before deciding if you’re still hungry. People are often dehydrated and mistake dehydration symptoms with hunger pangs.

njrob on July 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It takes 7,000 kg of grain to make 1,000 kg of beef. In addition, beef production requires a lot of water, fertilizer, fossil fuels, and pesticides.” It further charged that heavy meat consumption has detrimental health effect.

How does it take to make a ~130 pound worthless president?

Thats the real waste.

OBTW, he eats Kobe beef. On Monday.

BobMbx on July 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I propose double meat / double beans Mondays. More cows will need to be raised and the extra fiber from the beans will help raise the CO2 levels also…

cervelorod on July 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

There’s a simple solution:

Eat Mor Chikin Arugula

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

FTFY

Ward Cleaver on July 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

This from the same folks who brought us the Food Pyramid, which by encouraging high carb/low fat eating for the last 40 years has helped to create an epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes in this nation.

And when their advice didn’t work for most of us, they blamed us. They said we lacked willpower and that we weren’t spending enough hours exercising every day. It doesn’t take willpower or exercise to lose weight, if you just ignore the so-called ‘experts’ and eat what your body really needs. The USDA failed millions of Americans with their bad ‘one size fits all’ advice. I’ll never trust them again.

Dee2008 on July 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

It is a surreal world, that’s for sure.

How will the regulate Michelle Obama’s lobsters and arugula?

———-
A lesson in irony.

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest
amount of free meals and food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S.
Department of the Interior, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”
Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow
dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

njrob on July 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Dehydration is implicated in a lot of health issues. Some examples are high blood pressure, sodium retention, joint issues. I could go on but the above should give some food for thought.

chemman on July 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The USDA failed millions of Americans with their bad ‘one size fits all’ advice. I’ll never trust them again.

Dee2008 on July 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Bingo! We have a winner. Elephants eat vegetables … lions and tigers eat protein. Sesame Street knows more about healthy eating than the USDA.

Jaibones on July 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Why pick Monday’s? Is that anti-catholic? why not Friday’s or tuesday’s/

The USDA most likely did thi s because they are staffed b y greenie idiots or because the federal governmant feeds all school children breakfast and luch at school now so a day without hig priced meat saveas the federal government millions of $.

knowing how Obama loves to spend our money I’m going with the former. Greenies.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Elephants eat vegetables … lions and tigers eat protein. Sesame Street knows more about healthy eating than the USDA.

Jaibones on July 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I wonder since the federal government now thinks of us sheep if it is any wonder they all want us to eat in the pasture.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

A lesson in irony.

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest
amount of free meals and food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S.
Department of the Interior, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”
Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow
dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

roflmao….just wanted to repeat this classic.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

…using United Nations material?

Just like auditing the Fed is finally making it into the mainstream. Kicking the UN out of America will be too! It is coming. Whatever good the UN has done is nothing compared to the harm they have and are inflicting.

JellyToast on July 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

knowing how Obama loves to spend our money I’m going with the former. Greenies.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The enviro-nazi movement has long agitated against farming and eating beef, and more recently, pork and chicken. The reality is that cattle farming hasn’t changed all that much over decades, while it is pig and chicken farming that has shifted to industrial mass-production, often at great cost to the environment.

There are dedicated enviro-nazis all over this Administration, not just at EPA. They are at USDA, Transportation, Energy (obviously), HUD, and at NOAA.

NOAA is pouring millions into bullsh!t research and response to climate change, while closing down one of the most important underwater research labs in the world.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Fully expect if the muslim marxist wins re-election there will be a war on pork producers.

bgibbs1000 on July 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Thanks for being an Ag Teacher Badger! God knows we need more of you guys in our country.

Our whole extended family are proud Texas 4-Hers. My son makes his stand where it counts (in class) – the Cafeteria monitors aren’t worth his time. We are also huge promoters of the Kids, Kows & More Program which teaches students “where your food comes from.

We need more young people like the Peterson boys in our country:

2nd Ammendment Mother on July 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Oops – lost the Kids & Kows link:

2nd Ammendment Mother on July 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I work in a government facility, and this kind of leftist-think drivel gets handed down all the time. The unemployed graduates from liberal colleges with degrees in communications get hold of the newsletter publishing and use it to push their view of the world, and similar things go on in other offices of the institution that get established to promote environmentalism or multi-culturalism or whatever else is trendy in liberal circles. I don’t know how much tax money gets spent on these things and they also distract employees from what the facility is SUPPOSED to accomplish, but they seem to be firmly entrenched in most government programs and I don’t know how we’ll ever get them out again. I’m sure they all think they’re working hard and serving the People, but they’re mostly serving their own egos at taxpayer expense and evangelizing their own life choices with missionary zeal.

This is all a part of Mayer Bloomberg inciting police to leave cities without police unless the population starts supporting gun control, or Chicago officials telling a chicken restaurant chain owner what public opinions he’s allowed to express. These “government servants” think it’s the people that are the servants, and the People are going to be bludgeoned with brute government force until they get with the liberal program. They’re on a mission to impose their philosophy on everyone, and they’re not going to let little things like laws, the Constitution, and what the electorate want from their government stand in their way.

Socratease on July 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The reality is that cattle farming hasn’t changed all that much over decades, while it is pig and chicken farming that has shifted to industrial mass-production, often at great cost to the environment.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Actually, cattle raising HAS changed a LOT.
It is actually nothing like it used to be in this country.
From genetics to pasture management & water management, it has changed a LOT.

Badger40 on July 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Our stomachs can’t turn grass into protein, but cattle can. So when the USDA comes out with a newfangled artificial Mean Green Grass to Protein Machine, I’ll have Meatless Mondays. Do I get a Gubmint subsidy if I feed it clippings from my lawn mower?

Steve Z on July 26, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Bioengineering my friend. Longterm we will have bioengineered plants, watered with a soup of amino acids, that will produce a fruit that looks something like an eggplant. Slice it an inch thick, and it will look and taste like a New York Strip steak.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

From genetics to pasture management & water management, it has changed a LOT.

Badger40 on July 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Let us also not forget the feed lots.
Cattle were not fed grain like that before in mass quantities.

Ed Lemmon, is the book Boss Cowman, (founder of the town Lemmon SD) talks quite a bit about how the cattle industry & cuts of beef, as well as their production had changed significantly over his lifetime.

Badger40 on July 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Bioengineering my friend. Longterm we will have bioengineered plants, watered with a soup of amino acids, that will produce a fruit that looks something like an eggplant. Slice it an inch thick, and it will look and taste like a New York Strip steak.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

For some reason, your comment made me think of Little Shop of Horrors. Just sayin.

mbs on July 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

It has been touched on – if you reduce your carb intake – especially after lunch – you will lose weight and have your glucose levels fall – your supper should be heavy on protein and green vegetables with very few carbs. Carbs are morning food more than anything else.

The food pyramid was a scam created by an activist vegan in the USDA offices I think although he may have been in Reps office – McGovern maybe. He hated meat and created the pyramid – even the current chages are heavily weighted in grains – and even whole grains in the recommended quantity are too much for most people.

Yes the govt gets it wrong more often than right and the current diabetes outbreak is significantly due – though not completely (our days are more sedentary than before)- to the low fat diet jihad.

You can’t go crazy on meat, just like you can’t go crazy on anything. But vegetable oil, margarine and the like in place of lard and butter isn’t so hot.

Zomcon JEM on July 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

GENETIC STUDIES SHOW THAT HUMANS ARE DESIGNED TO EAT MEAT!!!!

The goons from the USDA are going to have to rip that Chick-fil-a sandwich out of my cold, dead hands.

Mutnodjmet on July 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I hope to see the day when we classify Mother Earth environmentalism as a religion masquerading behind junk science and call for the separation of church and state.

John the Libertarian on July 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

There are dedicated enviro-nazis all over this Administration, not just at EPA. They are at USDA, Transportation, Energy (obviously), HUD, and at NOAA.

NOAA is pouring millions into bullsh!t research and response to climate change, while closing down one of the most important underwater research labs in the world.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

if Mitt were smart and he won. He could use this as an excuse to not only get rid of all the nutcases in the federal government but also “cut the size of government”. by using the debt as the “reason” for the cuts…. But I don’t think he is and the jury is still out on if he will win.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Zomcon JEM on July 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

think the pyrimad was created more out of reality of the cost of protien. Don’t forget the government pikcs up a very big daily tab in school lunches, medicare, food stamps etc. Promoting meant instead of carbs would raise the govenrmental bills by a mass amount. This is the problem when you turn over your ability to support yourself and let others pick up the bill. They will do things to reduce their bill wiuth no regards to your welfare. Wheat and rice are cheap compared to beef or pork. thus the government wants u to eat more wheat and less beef. Always follow the money while ideoology sometimes plays a role when the two align its good night baby as far as your freedoms and welfare is concerned.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

one of the techniques of cult indoctrination- controlling the food intake of the subjects . this usually involves a severely restricted low protein diet- one without meat.

an army of protein starved persons, never educated to be able to think for themselves, chanting inane slogans (“yes we can.”, “barack hussein obama, mmm mm mmm”), responding in a rapt irrational near hysterical manner to a human who is set up as some sort of demi-god/savior.

that sounds suspiciously like hope and change.

barry’s one failed election and one batch of kool aid away from being the head of the People’s Temple- another malicious marxist with NPD. just how malicious i am afraid we are going to see in november.

mittens on July 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

At the risk of sounding like a tin foil hat manufacturer, if you have a close look at the FDA, EPA, and several other three-lettered organizations that are ‘here to help’ – there’s a huge amount of stupidity, criminality, and corruption.

A few muppets in congress cannot and do not audit these people.

CorporatePiggy on July 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

It takes 7,000 kg of grain to make 1,000 kg of beef.

F-ing liars.

It takes plant material, not grain. Grain is generally only fed in the last two weeks to add fats for flavor. Most of the time, its grass, hay and silage… things the human body can’t consume.

Good Lord, can you imagine how expensive your beef would be if it were only fed grain, with what grain prices have increased? Grain feed has doubled in price in only a few years.

And for those who think the USDA is a “good” government department… BULL… they are one of the most overreaching, overbearing, bullying departments… yes, they give the EPA a run for their money.

I have a friend who runs a respected company specializing in herbal supplements and vitamins, selling them to physicians. He’s been raided multiple times, with goods and machinery comfiscated, using SWAT like tactics (literally!)… only to have the courts toss out the cases because they were so badly fabricated.

The USDA needs to have 90% of their funding gutted, and reduced to only performing meat inspections.

dominigan on July 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Unseen – no actually it was an activist inside the govt. He was a radical vegan, and misrepresented biology with the help of some big food processers who loved the switch to grains – for obvious reasons. Another reason big govt is bad govt.

I will try to look up the person’s name and post it. Amazing stuff – the entire food pyramid based upon one person’s ideology. Makes you wonder what else is going inside the govt.

Zomcon JEM on July 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

These are the sorts of people that will be making decisions for our healthcare. Government, environmentalist bureaucrats. Eating meat is NOT UNhealthy. Vegetarianism is NOT healthy. This is pseudo-science bull*** just like climate change itself. The liberals who think these people are geniuses and elites and want them running our lives and healthcare are insane. Of course it’s just about control, but on the merits just take a look at the food-pyramid and how much damage that did to “public-health” for years.

Braveheart on July 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

dominigan on July 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

“Felony Vitamin B”?

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Does this mean I’ll have to log in under a different user name on Mondays?

moo on July 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I will try to look up the person’s name and post it. Amazing stuff – the entire food pyramid based upon one person’s ideology. Makes you wonder what else is going inside the govt.

Zomcon JEM on July 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

good stuff. I just wonder if grains wer emore expensive than meat would the vegan have been able to get away with it. Which is I guess what I’m getting at. From seat belt use to the food prymiad. Anytime money and ideology combine we lose our freedoms or lose our health, wealth or pursuit of happiness.

unseen on July 26, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Nothin like a Dog sammich.

MrMoe on July 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Does this mean I’ll have to log in under a different user name on Mondays?

moo on July 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Lol! No.

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Followed by Tunaless Tuesday.

Wafflefree Wednesday.

Turtleless Thursday

and Frenchfryfree Friday.

profitsbeard on July 27, 2012 at 12:23 AM

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