It’s disturbing when those who are supposed to be advocates for agriculture instead choose to advocate against it. That happened last month just as NCBA kicked off the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Convention in Denver, Colo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a release on July 25, expressing support for the “Meatless Mondays” campaign by saying that USDA would work to reduce environmental impacts in the agency’s cafeteria. It was a statement which shows just how out of touch our government is with the difficulties faced by farmers and ranchers who are working hard every day to produce the food which our citizens depend on. The “Meatless Monday” campaign is an effort started by radical animal rights activists whose stated goal is to end the consumption of meat in this country. USDA’s announcement that it would embrace the campaign effort calls into question their commitment to represent the very farmers and ranchers who produce the food for their cafeteria.