Monday, August 6, 2012

Meatless Mondays

As serious droughts across America threaten the nation's crops and future grocery prices, it's nice when an organization involved in such products can briefly be truthful and honest.  It's rare to contribute to healthy society and environment.  This is what the USDA did when an internal newsletter encouraged staff to skip meat on Mondays to better their environmental impact.  Let's see what the actual internal newsletter said:

"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. 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. In addition there are many health concerns related to the excessive consumption of meat."

That leaked earlier last week and The New York Times reported, Tuesday,  they retracted that statement and wrote, the agency "does not endorse Meatless Monday".  I'm a frequent eater of meat and even I can see the logic behind encouraging anyone to offset the demand of a few thousand animals a week to better supply and pricing in the future.

I haven't been this betrayed by misrepresented meat info since KC tricked me with the Chicken-Less Nuggets from Trader Joe's.
Chickenless Mandarin Orange Morsels

Anyways, as usual, I get my news from Stephen Colbert's Report.  I'll let him tell you the rest:

Try to be healthy today, folks!
--Kevin Sears

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