Meatless Monday: Simple Public Health Suggestion or Extremist Plot?
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On July 23, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) posted an internal newsletter on its website detailing steps the agency was taking and suggesting steps employees could take to lessen their environmental impact. One of the suggestions was participating in “Meatless Monday” at USDA cafeterias. Meatless Monday is a public health campaign intended to encourage people to reduce their consumption of animal products one day a week in order to decrease their risk of chronic disease and their environmental impact. By Wednesday, two days later, the animal agriculture industry and the senators and representatives who blatantly championed their cause in Congress had attacked the USDA for purportedly failing in its duty to American agriculture.