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  • USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack sought to dispel rumors on Monday that President Biden is pushing to limit Americans’ beef consumption to fight climate change.
  • “Sometimes in the political world, games get played and issues are injected into the conversation knowing full well that there’s no factual basis,” Vilsack said.
  • Biden announced his goal last week to cut U.S emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sought to dispel rumors on Monday that President Biden is pushing to limit Americans’ beef consumption to fight climate change. 

“There is no effort designed to limit people’s intake of beef coming out of President Biden’s White House or USDA,” Vilsack said Monday during a virtual briefing, according to Politico

“Sometimes in the political world, games get played and issues are injected into the conversation knowing full well that there’s no factual basis,” Vilsack added. 


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The falsehood comes both from conservative lawmakers and pundits claiming part of the president’s plan to reduce carbon emissions includes forcing Americans to limit their meat consumption to meet his goals and a 2020 study about how changes in diet could affect emissions, Politico reported. 

Biden announced his goal last week to cut U.S emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030, the outlet added. 

Some Republican lawmakers criticized Biden’s alleged plan on Twitter. Freshman congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green posted a picture of the president with a caption saying, “The Hamburglar. ‘No burgers for thee, but just for me.’”

"Joe Biden's climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn't Joe stay out of my kitchen?" Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert Tweeted Saturday.

But Vilsack was adamant that there is no active plan to limit meat consumption. 

“There’s no desire, no effort, no press release, no policy paper — none of that — that would support the notion that the Biden administration is going to suggest that people eat less meat,” Vilsack said. “Or that USDA has some program designed to reduce meat consumption. It’s simply not the case.”


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Published on Apr 26, 2021