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

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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.” 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). reports thatRep. 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.

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