USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Recommendation

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Recommendation

On Monday, July 23rd, the USDA released its monthly Greening Headquarters Update to employees (an internal document.)  In between updates on office sustainability initiatives, the newsletter encouraged readers to give Meatless Monday a try by sampling some of the options available in USDA cafeterias.  That didn’t last particularly long.

The newsletter referred to United Nations data that cites animal agriculture as a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change.  USDA spokeswoman Cortney Rowe now says the department does not endorse the “Meatless Monday” initiative, which is part of a global public health campaign.

The agency removed the posting hours after the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association denounced it in a news release. The USDA often promotes the beef industry by encouraging Americans to eat meat.

Save The Planet and $1500 A Year – Fridge “Triage” Box Puts An End to Food Waste

Save The Planet and $1500 A Year - Fridge "Triage" BoxWasting food is one of the things that drives me up-a-wall nuts.  I mean it makes my skin crawl.  I inherited this from my mother, I think.  She would, and still is, ashamed when food gets wasted.  I feel likewise.  It’s not a nice feelings knowing that you could have eaten it but somehow missed the mark.  Generally food gets lost in the fridge.  That sounds silly I know, it’s only a few cubic feet of space.  But there are so many bins, compartments, shelves, and cubbies.  It’s hard to keep track of everything.

If you’re like me there’s all manner of stuff in your fridge.  I have reusable containers all over my fridge.  Simple syrup, homemade coffee syrup, veggies, chicken, homemade caramel, cheese, left-overs, desserts, etc…the list goes on and on and on.  It’s stuffed.  I sometimes can’t see a carton of milk that’s in the fridge and go out and buy a duplicate I didn’t need.  That’s a full fridge.  I’ve pared and purged my possessions down to a minimal level at this point.  But my fridge still looks like I’m hanging on to the notion that the world might end tomorrow (and it might – you never know – it would be nice to have a few slices of leftover bacon hanging around if that asteroid slams into the Earth’s crust somewhere – ya know?) Continue reading