Troops will continue to eat meat despite #MeatlessMondays effort
July 3, 2016
When the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives, it did so with an amendment intended to keep meat on the menu for U.S. troops.
The amendment comes in the wake of news that the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has cut meat consumption among cadets by 10 percent over the last three years. This prompted concern in the agriculture industry, which is why Congressman Adrian Smith of Nebraska proposed the amendment to the bill.
"Ideologically motivated activists are working to take meat off the menu in institutions across the country, and they have included the U.S. military on their list of targets," Smith said. "These restrictions would negatively impact the nutrition and morale of the men and women who protect our nation."
The amendment also received support from Colin Woodall, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Cattleman's Beef Association.
"Our military personnel should not be subject to radical political agendas like the 'Meatless Monday' campaign, which is not based on nutrition or sound science," he said. "Military personnel have the right to eat what they want and what is best for their bodies in the execution of their jobs."