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Todd Staples blasts Dripping Springs’ ‘Meatless Monday’ lunch menu

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Todd Staples, the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, isn’t shy about telling the world how much he hates “Meatless Mondays.”

In 2012, he called for the firing of a USDA staffer who wrote a piece in an internal newsletter about the campaign to cut out meat one day a week, which dates back to World War II.

He said such comments were “treasonous”: “Why should our hardworking beef producers be paying the uninformed enemy’s salary?” he wrote.

His new target? The Dripping Springs Independent School District, whose menu features only vegetarian options on Mondays.

In an op-ed column that ran in today’s Statesman, Staples said that restricting meal choices in this way is “irresponsible and has no place in our schools.”

At least he didn’t call them traitors.

What do you think about schools offering “Meatless Monday” menus? What do you think about the state’s highest ranking agriculture official taking such an aggressive stance against them? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or in the Relish Austin Facebook page.