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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Agriculture Department: We love meat

A ribeye (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
On Monday, a U.S Department of Agriculture employee newsletter encouraged folks to start “going meatless” on Mondays as a way to help the environment, save resources, improve health and so on.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other industry groups were outraged..

Sen. Jerry Moran (R- Kan.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to protest the newsletter.

The Agriculture Department’s mission was “to promote agriculture, to help those who . . . produce food, fiber, and fuel for this country and the world.,” he said. “Yet our own Department of Agriculture is encouraging people not to eat meat.”

A department official promptly sent an e-mail to Senate staff :

“I wanted to be sure you had the following statement regarding the claims that USDA is promoting ‘Meatless Mondays,’ she wrote..

 “USDA does not endorse Meatless Monday. The statement found on the USDA website was posted without proper clearance and it has been removed.”

 Former Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, in his prime, couldn’t backpeddle faster.

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