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Don’t mess with U.S. ranchers
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck Grassley celebrate “Meat Monday” with assorted barbecue in response to the USDA’s endorsement of “Meatless Monday.” Grassley said this is “a reminder to USDA that it’s supposed to advocate for American agriculture, not against it.”
Wilson County NewsAugust 8, 2012 2,328 views 1 comment
Did the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Operations “slip” in endorsing “Meatless Mondays”?
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Chuck Grassley of Iowa think so. In response, they celebrated “Meat Monday” July 30, with barbecued beef brisket, ribs, and sausage in response to a controversial article in the July 23 USDA online newsletter, “Greening Headquarters Update,” which stated that “one simple way to reduce our environmental impact while dining at our [USDA] cafeteria is to participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative.”
Soon, USDA officials, according to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples July 27, “responded by back-pedaling and claiming the offending comments slipped through the cracks without proper clearance. The agency went on to say it did not endorse ‘Meatless Monday.’”
But prior to that announcement, comments fired up the Internet, hotter than barbecue coals or Mother Nature’s fury during the nationwide drought in Texas and the Corn Belt area. (See related article for comments from both camps for “Meatless Monday,” page 1D.)
While the USDA memo could be attributed to animal rightists or health concerns, it also can be linked to the “sustainable” movement and the United Nations’ (U.N.) promotion of Agenda 21.
The USDA newletter states, “By sourcing locally and sustainably grown food, our program will help support sustainable food systems as a way of contributing to the vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the region.”
“Sustainable development,” according to the USDA website, is an effort “to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” as expressed by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, during his July 26 address to the U.S. Senate, read a section of the USDA newsletter, which states, “According to the U.N., animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.”
Cathie Adams, international issues chairman for Eagle Forum, spoke of the U.N.’s support of Agenda 21 during a local Republican women’s meeting last year. She cited data from former Undersecretary General of the U.N. Maurice Strong, who said that if Agenda 21 is implemented, it will destroy the middle class and not allow for high meat intake.
Few people, including politicians, are aware that ideas originating with Agenda 21 already have been implemented by U.S. agencies, including the USDA. The ideas continue to thrive and spread today, and were included in international discussions held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in late June. Read more about the latest global plan from the Rio+20 conference in an upcoming issue of the Wilson County News.
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