27 Jul '12, 11pm

.@USDA retracts [email protected] statement:

By Meghan G. Loftus The USDA recently sent out an email newsletter to its employees promoting the Meatless Monday initiative, a campaign that encourages people to give up meat on Mondays to reduce their environmental footprint. News spread, vegetarians rejoiced , and groups representing the meat and dairy industries got upset. A spokesman for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the Meatless Monday recommendation was "a slap in the face," according to this writeup from the New York Times . Ultimately, the USDA sided with industry groups: MT @usdapress : USDA does not endorse Meatless Monday. Statement on USDA site posted w/o proper clearance. It has been removed // @FarmBureau — Dept. of Agriculture (@USDA) July 25, 2012 Here's how those behind the Meatless Monday initiative reacted. Here at Runner's World , our company cafeteria promotes Meatless Monday, and we'...

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