Target: United States Department of Agriculture
Goal: Reduce the environmental impact of meat by asking the government to endorse “meatless Mondays.”
The United States Department of Agriculture made a positive step toward promoting green lifestyles amongst its employees when it posted a statement on its website urging employees to eliminate meat from their Monday meals. Unfortunately, the USDA has decided its relationship with the beef industry is more important. The USDA removed the posting from its website after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association criticized the statement. This move shows how closely the USDA is tied to the beef industry’s interests, since the posting was only available to employees in an internal newsletter, and not to the general public. The USDA should be supporting healthy lifestyles that benefit people and the environment. Encouraging their employees to eliminate meat one day per week does both.
The concept of meatless Mondays is meant to raise awareness of the impact the meat industry has on the environment. There is data to support the fact that the production of meat is a major contributor of greenhouse gasses which cause climate change. Production and consumption of meat also factors into environmental degradation of land, deforestation, and health problems. The concept has gained popularity worldwide, and is reflected in many restaurant menus. It is also a part of a global public health campaign.
Reduction of meat consumption is important for the environment and public health. The USDA should be promoting environmentally friendly, healthy lifestyles. No one is asking the USDA to take away a person’s choice to eat meat entirely, just to promote awareness of the effects of excessive meat consumption. Please sign this petition and ask the USDA to take a firm stand in support of meatless Mondays.
Dear Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,
The recent removal of a posting in an employee newsletter encouraging participation in meatless Mondays is a step backwards for environmental awareness. Urging employees to eliminate meat from their Monday meals promotes not only environmentally friendly practices, but healthy lifestyles as well. Although, your department has close ties with the beef industry and encourages Americans to consume meat, there is no reason the beef industry should control what statements the USDA makes. However, this seems to be the case since the meatless Monday post was removed in response to criticism from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Please support healthy lifestyles that benefit both people and the environment. Encouraging employees to eliminate meat one day per week does both.
The concept of meatless Mondays is meant to raise awareness of the impact the meat industry has on the environment. Animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, not to mention the effects it has on land use, deforestation, and public health.
Reduction of meat consumption is important for the environment and public health. Please promote environmentally friendly, healthy lifestyles. No one is asking you to take away a person’s choice to eat meat entirely, just to promote awareness of the effects of excessive meat consumption.
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