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US Department Of Defense Closer To Putting Plant-Based Meals On The Military Menu

Service personnel have asked for more plant-based meals and congress appears to be listening

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The US Department of Defense is closer to offering plant-based provisions to all military personnel.

The move comes after nonprofit Mercy for Animals (MFA)  published research findings that overwhelmingly support the addition of vegan meals to the meals-ready-to-eat (MRE) roster.

An amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires Congress to lay bare its proposed plans to accommodate plant-based eaters. A detailed report will be completed by September 30, 2023. 

Californian Congressman Ro Khanna is leading the amendment effort. 

He has previously been outspoken about the negative impacts of large factory farms. In 2020, he joined forces with vegan Senator Cory Booker and Senator Elizabeth Warren to end the practice by 2040.

Getting vegan food on the active service menu

To push the plant-based agenda through, the NDAA House committee requires the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense to submit a strategic report.

A feasibility study into the creation and production of meat-free meals is the first step. A proposal for the rollout of said meals to service people will follow after. 

Data relating to the dietary preferences of military personnel will be a critical facet. This can be supplied from the MFA survey. 

A victory for meat-free military personnel

MFA conducted a survey of 226 active service people. The data revealed a proclivity for dietary choice with 81 percent believing more vegan-friendly options should be freely available. Addressing MRE specifically, 69 percent said there is a need for plant-based nutrition.

“Our service members deserve plant-based food options while serving our country,” Frances Chrzan, Mercy for Animals’ federal policy manager said in a statement. 

She added: “Service members usually eat MREs when food sources or cooking facilities are limited, such as in combat.”

“Right now, they have no choice and have to accept MREs with animal products, even though 63 percent of respondents in our survey said they would choose plant-based MREs if given the option. Representative Khanna’s efforts bring them one step closer to having that choice.”

MFA is working closely with the military services to ensure the smooth adoption of plant-based meals.

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Alejandro Narváez
12 days ago

Great News! The terrorist arm of the U.S. empire now serves plant-based food to their killers. Give me a break :/

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Plant Based News Admin
12 days ago

Thanks for your comment Alejandro. The military will not disappear anytime soon, so is it not better to at least cause less harm by feeding them plant-based food?

Alejandro Narváez
12 days ago

Thanks Alejandro, imperialism and fascism is normal, so why not making it it plant-based?

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Plant Based News Admin
11 days ago

Hi Alejandro, again, we do not have a position on the military, providing any industry with plant-based options is a step in the right direction.

Alejandro Narváez
12 days ago

This is why mainstream veganism is morally bankrupt. They think feeding plant-based food to this terrorists and also the Israeli ones, is helping the animals somehow. If veganism is not anti imperialist and anti capitalist, it’s only a feel good consumer trend for clueless gringos. Moderate this comment all you want.

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Plant Based News Admin
12 days ago

Hi Alejandro, is reducing the amount of animal products consumed by any large groups not helping the animals?

Alejandro Narváez
12 days ago

No, it doesn’t help at all. You are just pushing the capitalist, individualist idea that you don’t have to question the system to dismantle it and overcome it’s more violent manifestations, just consume your way out of it. And if you check the numbers of animal agriculture production, you will notice that even with your billionaire friends jumping on this plant based scam, the numbers are still on the rise. Also, and even worst, you are instrumentalizing veganism to normalize imperialism and fascism. In other words, you are veganwashing this criminals the same way you do with enemies of the working class and the global south like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and so on… You are turning the animal rights movement into this yoga mom, morally superior consumer trend, that actual revolutionary people see as a PR stunt from Impossible Foods, or the imposition of an ultra processed and corporate controlled food system. You don’t advance in a liberation revolution by selling out to the oppressors and alienating the oppressed. (A way larger group than the predator class, and the criminals that work your beloved empire)

Last edited 12 days ago by Alejandro Narváez
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11 days ago

Hi Alejandro, in case it was not clear, we do not have a position on the military. We are simply saying that, as we do not have the power to make the military disappear tomorrow, does it not help the animals to at least provide animal-free options that people can choose? This is not a discussion regarding the military.
Why is plant-based a scam?
Why do you feel we are ‘instrumentalizing veganism to normalize imperialism and fascism’?

Alejandro Narváez
11 days ago

You don’t know the hideous things the U.S. military has done? or do you think that’s normal and you don’t care? You promote veganism as an ethical choice, but at the same time you think it is ethical to portrait the military industry complex, and big corporations as a force for good, with a portrait of a smiling terrorist and so on, just because they offer plant-based options. Without any criticism about it. – you are not “neutral”, you are pro-militarism, and pro-imperialism. Do I have to explain what fascism is? Maybe this podcast would help: https://totalliberationpodcast.com/81-earths-greatest-enemy-the-u-s-war-machine-w-abby-martin-mike-prysner/ I don’t know what else I can do for you. You are totally lost, and I can only hope that the main branch of veganism wakes up and stop this reactionary trend.

Alejandro Narváez
11 days ago

I can’t make the military disappear tomorrow, but I can have a critical position about it, denounce their atrocities and the oppression systems they enable. It’s pretty sad to se vegans doing reactionary propaganda. I guess this is what happens when a potentially revolutionary movement focuses only on non human animals, and this illusion of helping them by following a consumer trend to make capitalism reform itself or some naive thing like that. But thanks anyway, this exercise has helped me realize how deep this problem is, and how important is for vegans with an anti-capitalist framework to work harder and take over this corporate/imperialist/military plant-based nonsense. Bye.

Alejandro Narváez
11 days ago

Just because you asked. I’m not against plant-based products like tofu, lentil patties or whatever, but this products aren’t as complicated as something you need big corporations to produce, you can buy them from community based small businesses, and even make them yourself. Also we all know that you don’t need them, those are just presentations. I say that this plant-based thing is a scam, because those corporations are saying that we need their products to practice veganism, and we need this plant-based capitalists or else people is not going to stop eating meat and dairy, we need Bill Gates to make hamburgers, we need those hamburgers to taste exactly like meat, we need Jeff Bezos to invest in a vegan mayonnaise, and therefore we need them, and we can’t question the system they are profiting from. If we want to save the world, we need Impossible Foods, and we need it in all the corporative fast food chains (and in the military) that you gladly advertise for. That’s a HUGE scam. The last thing the animal liberation movement and environmetal movements need, is that this hated billonaire fascists become the face of veganism and the “champions” of climate change. Again, this turn a potentially revolutionary movement into a whitewashed, reactionary consumer trend that turns off people who actually want real change, and peaces the guilt of this “liberals” (or moderate republicans) “conscious” consumers.

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11 days ago

Nobody is saying you need processed plant-based alternatives though? They are great options for people who want them, but nobody is saying you need to have them.
We are not advertising for the military or corporate fast food chains, simply sharing the news objectively. Is making plant-based food more accessible not a positive thing? If someone is going to buy fast food regardless, is it not better that they choose some not made from a dead animal?

Alejandro Narváez
12 days ago

Comiting human rights violations, dron striking civilians, turning countries into failed states, overthrowing democratic elected governments in the global south, trainning dead squads all over the world, teaming up with another terrorists, produce more greenhouse gas emissions than complete countries, torturing people, sexually abusing women, experimenting on humans…. None of this matters because we had an Impossible Burger for lunch, and those clueless vegans think we are Captain America. YEEEIII!!!!!

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