The USDA recently pushed a ‘Meatless Mondays’ initiative in an online newsletter to employees. Yes, that’s right — the same folks who are supposed to back our countries’ farmers and ranchers attempted to proselytize ‘green’ initiatives… in the midst of a drought.

“How will going meatless one day of the week help the environment? The production of meat, especially beef (and dairy as well), has a large environmental impact. According to the U.N., animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change. It also wastes resources.”

The update went on to cite the “many health concerns” associated with “excessive consumption” of meat. It noted that many people are just not ready to go all-vegetarian, and said forgoing meat one day a week “is a small change that could produce big results.”