Politicians Trying to Make 'Meat Mondays' a Thing
2 Republican Senators refuse to forget the USDA's Meatless Monday blunder
Last week the US Department of Agriculture had a PR fumble after an interoffice newsletter seemingly supported Meatless Mondays (they pulled the "endorsement," saying it wasn't approved).
Naturally, politicians got their panties in a twist, considering this endorsement a betrayal of the farm/ranch industry. Now two Senators are trying to make "Meat Mondays" happen.
According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa senator Chuck Grassley and Texas senator John Cornyn both decided to participate in "Meat Mondays" yesterday, eating beef brisket, ribs, and sausage in Washington, D.C. "This is a reminder to [the] USDA that it’s supposed to advocate for American agriculture, not against it," Grassley reportedly said.
PETA, naturally, has gone the whole "it's not going to happen!" route, taking bets on the causes of Grassley's (presumably meat-diet-fueled) death. "We're taking bets (place yours in the comments section below) on how long it will take Sen. Grassley to succumb to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or some other meat-related disease," they wrote on their website. Grassley seems unperturbed; his aide reported the senator had beef jerky for breakfast, a beef sandwich for lunch, and a steak for dinner.