USDA Recommends 'Meatless Monday' to Combat U.S. Drought

| by Michael Allen

As the U.S experiences its worst drought since 1950, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is in charge of disasters that affect the food and water supply, is offering a controversial solution.

The USDA, last week, suggested a non-binding 'Meatless Monday' idea in an internal memo to its government employees.

The USDA points to a study by Cornell University, which claims that by “producing a pound of animal protein requires, on average, about 100 times more water than producing a pound of vegetable protein.”

Salon.com reports that the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that creating one hamburger requires 4,000 to 18,000 gallons of water.

While one day a week without meat may not sound outrageous to most people, some Republicans are crying fowl (no pun intended).

Salon.com reports that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have both promised to eat more meat on Mondays. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) posted a photo of animal meat on his Facebook page. Not surprisingly, all three lawmakers are from farming states.

Do you support the USDA recommending we eat less meat?