With America’s meat supply in danger of drying up due to coronavirus-related supply bottlenecks, farmers and ranchers are being forced to euthanize their herds, even as foreign meat is coming into America. Now, Americans are waking up and doing something about it.
With America’s meat supply dangerously close to drying up due to coronavirus-related illnesses in meat-processing plants, America’s meat ranchers and pork producers are being forced to euthanize tens of thousands of heads of livestock.
“As farmers accumulate thousands of hogs that have nowhere to go, they risk overcrowding barns that are due to take deliveries of new piglets in the near future,” reported the Wall Street Journal earlier this week.
Meanwhile, due to the bottleneck of closed meat-processing plants, grocers are bracing for shortages of meat on grocery shelves.
“If you think the shelves were empty two weeks ago…just wait,” warned Texas rancher Shad Sullivan on Facebook on Tuesday.
In his video, Sullivan mentioned that, as U.S. producers are euthanizing or dumping tremendous amounts of meat, as well as milk, eggs, and other farm-related products, the U.S. just received a large shipment of beef from Namibia.
While that shipment had already been shipped just before the coronavirus pandemic hit U.S. shores, Sullivan’s point is that American consumers do not know where their meat comes from.
This is largely due to the fact that, in 2015, Congress ended the requirement of labeling the country where meat originates from.
In other words, people may go into a grocery store and buy hamburger meat, thinking it is from Texas (or Iowa), born and bred and slaughtered in the United States when, in fact, the beef could be ‘made in Mexico,’ Brazil, or even Namibia.
Last week, R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America), which is the “largest producer-only membership based organization that exclusively represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues,” launched an online petition drive to restore Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (M-COOL).
In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, the President and Congress should immediately pass Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef, pork and dairy products to strengthen national food security and help stimulate economic growth.
In line with President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American policy, Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling grants Americans the right to choose between imported or USA produced beef, pork and dairy products. Only Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling, and not voluntary, requires all imported and domestic beef and pork to be labeled as to where they were born, raised and harvested; and where dairy products were originated, produced, sourced and processed.
In this time of crisis every American consumer should be able to make an informed purchasing decision as to where their food is from. Access to safe food is the right of every American. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling allows U.S. food producers to compete fairly against undifferentiated substitute imports.
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling strengthens the largest sector of U.S. agriculture, secures and creates jobs, strengthens the working class and supports rural American industry, production and manufacturing.
Since its launch, the online petition has received nearly 250,000 signatures.
A Facebook group launched on Sunday garnered over 45,000 members in three days.
[You can sign the petition here.]