It didn’t take long for the USDA to cave under meat industry pressure! The USDA’s “Meatless Monday” suggestion to its employees was rather short lived, apparently thanks to Republican outrage over the vegetarian-for-a-day idea.
In an internal newsletter earlier this week, the agency suggested staff consider cutting meat out of their diets to start the work week as a way of curbing their environmental impact. That idea didn’t sit so well with lawmakers from livestock-heavy states, as they made perfectly clear on Twitter.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, had this to say: “I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation [about] a meatless Monday.”