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Intelligent Life Goes Missing at USDA!

by John Lillpop on Saturday, July 28th, 2012

This is article 45 of 72 in the topic Food/Natural Remedies

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been the object of much public scorn and ridicule recently for spending hard-earned taxpayer money to encourage more Americans to use food stamps.

The USDA idiocy of promoting dependence on public handouts even went so far as to partner with the Mexican government for help in reaching Mexicans living in America (legally?) and making sure said people were aware of the food stamp opportunities available just for asking.

Using US Taxpayer money in a foreign nation and foreign language to encourage eating on the US public dole must be a record-setting act of stupidity in an Administration where rampant stupidity is a badge of honor!

But wait, there is more!

As reported, meat heads at USDA have exceeded stupidity standards with a “Meatless Monday” promotion which takes the cake for government stupidity.

As reported:

The USDA recently pushed a ‘Meatless Mondays’ initiative in an online newsletter to employees. Yes, that’s right—the same folks who are supposed to back our countries’ farmers and ranchers attempted to proselytize ‘green’ initiatives… in the midst of a drought.

“How will going meatless one day of the week help the environment? The production of meat, especially beef (and dairy as well), has a large environmental impact. According to the U.N., animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change. It also wastes resources.”

The update went on to cite the “many health concerns” associated with “excessive consumption” of meat. It noted that many people are just not ready to go all-vegetarian, and said forgoing meat one day a week “is a small change that could produce big results.”

So let’s get this straight – allegiance to the United Nations trumps America’s farmers and ranchers. Got it.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President J.D. Alexander called the move an ‘animal rights extremist campaign to ultimately end meat consumption.’

“This is truly an awakening statement by USDA, which strongly indicates that USDA does not understand the efforts being made in rural America to produce food and fiber for a growing global population in a very sustainable way,” said Alexander. “USDA was created to provide a platform to promote and sustain rural America in order to feed the world. This move by USDA should be condemned by anyone who believes agriculture is fundamental to sustaining life on this planet.”

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) grilled Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the newsletter and asked whether “Meatless Mondays” are officially endorsed. A USDA spokeswoman’s response was ‘no’ and the posting was subsequently removed.

“Never in my life would I have expected USDA to be opposed to farmers and ranchers,” Moran said in a statement. “American farmers and ranchers deserve a USDA that will pursue supportive policies rather than seek their further harm. With extreme drought conditions plaguing much of the United States, the USDA should be more concerned about helping drought-stricken producers rather than demonizing an industry reeling from the lack of rain.”


At a time when America the great is confronting huge political, social, economic, and foreign policy challenges,  some leftist dim wits are spending taxpayer money to promote “Meatless Mondays”??

What is behind this recent USDA tangent to provide unwise, unwelcome, unneeded, and un-American nanny advice?

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Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello USDA Dinner Plate

by Doug Powers on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Today, a relatively useless government chart will be replaced by a similarly useless but easier to understand chart:

(CNN) — Remember the food pyramid, the old symbol that showed us what a healthy diet looked like?

Well, forget it.

First lady Michelle Obama and several other officials will unveil a new plate-shaped food icon Thursday that “will serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices,” the White House said. .

Obama will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin during the event at the auditorium in the Department of Agriculture.

A Department of Agriculture statement, without describing the new icon, said it will be “an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits.”

Here’s the food pyramid’s replacement, the “Dinner Plate”:


In some circles the new chart is also referred to as “Michelle O’s Hierarchy of Feeds.”

When it comes to getting our minds focused on healthy food, nothing does the trick as well as a pie chart (though to me it looks as if the USDA has put fruits, vegetables, protein and grains in the crosshairs).

The cost? I knew you were going to ask that:

Dr. Post said the U.S.D.A. had spent about $2 million to develop and promote the logo, including conducting research and focus groups and creating a Web site. Some of that money will also be used for the first year of a campaign to publicize the image. He said the agency would use the plate to get across several basic nutritional messages, including urging consumers to eat smaller portions, switch to low-fat or fat-free milk and drink water instead of sugary drinks.

So it’s pretty much a “Let’s Move” redundancy. When money is no object you can’t have too many backup systems.

If they really want to do kids a favor they’ll come up with an instructive chart on how the government’s wasting money and bankrupting their future.

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USDA Cracks Down On Missouri “Crime” Family

by Bob Livingston on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

This is article 1 of 5 in the topic Government Abuse

USDA Cracks Down On Missouri “Crime” FamilyIn yet another example of Federal tyranny, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has come down with both feet on a Nixa, Mo., family for selling rabbits in a business that began as a way to teach their son responsibility.

John Dollarhite, the owner of Dollarvalue Rabbitry, is facing a fine of $90,643 for selling 619 rabbits to individuals and businesses in southwest Missouri from April 3, 2008 to Dec. 21, 2009. The business, which Dollarhite considered as similar to a lemonade stand to benefit his son’s development, netted $200 profit during that time on the sale of rabbits at $10 to $12 each.

According to the blog Bungalow Bill’s Conservative Wisdom, a USDA agent visited the Dollarhite’s rabbitry in the fall of 2009 and pointed out two minor infractions — cages were a quarter-inch too small and there was a small rust spot on a feeder.

It was January 2010 before the Dollarhites again heard from the USDA. They learned an agent was asking about them at a local pet store, and then they got a call demanding a face-to-face meeting and advising they have an attorney present. During the meeting, the agent would say only that he was conducting an investigation. The Dollarhites asked the agent if the business needed to be certified, and the agent was nonresponsive.

Two months later, they called the USDA to inquire about the investigation. The USDA agent Dollarhite spoke to said: “Well, Mr. Dollarhite, I’ve got the report on my desk. And I’m just gonna tell you that, once I review it, it’s our intent to prosecute you the maximum that we can … We will make an example out of you.”

The Dollarhites didn’t hear from the agency again until they received the letter informing them of the fine last April. Their crime: They sold more than $500 worth of rabbits in a calendar year.

Dollarhite, who runs a local computer store, told the Springfield News-Leader: “I don’t have any money. It doesn’t matter if it’s $1,000 or $100 million. I don’t have it.”

Bungalow Bill writes that he believes the Dollarhites are being used as pawns by the USDA to give the agency more influence over the horse industry.

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