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USDA Removes Meatless Monday Posting

The US Department of Agriculture retracts their Meatless Monday posting after backlash from livestock producers.

On July 23, the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Operations posted an online update encouraging USDA employees to take part in a Meatless Monday initiative, promoting the program as “One simple way to reduce your environmental impact.” The campaign presented information from the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization stating that animal agriculture is “a major source” of carbon emissions and climate change, that it “wastes resources,” and that a vegetarian diet “could have a beneficial impact on a person’s health.” Following complaints from livestock producers and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in particular, a spokesperson said that the USDA “does not endorse Meatless Monday” and noted that the earlier statement was posted without proper clearance.

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