Animal Farm:  COVID Crisis Slaughtering the Meat Industry

Animal Farm: COVID Crisis Slaughtering the Meat Industry

Tens of thousands of pigs, chickens, and cattle are stuck on large livestock farms due to processing plant closures because of COVID outbreaks among plant workers.  Consequently, the President yesterday ordered the plants to remain open despite the fact that thousands of workers have tested positive or have been exposed to the virus and the plants have not taken the necessary precautions to protect them from contracting the virus.

Why This Matters:  The President’s order cannot change the course of the virus nor will it solve the problems caused by giant industrial hog and chicken farms, and unsafe slaughterhouses that the virus is exposing.

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Scientists Call for Us to Reach “Peak Meat”

Scientists Call for Us to Reach “Peak Meat”

In a letter to The Lancet Planetary Health Journal, 50 leading scientists called for meat production to peak by 2030.

Why This Matters: The scientists warned that high and middle-income countries should not outsource livestock production to other countries but instead reduce demand for meat products in order to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

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Flood Waters in Midwest Drowning Farms and an AF Base

Flood Waters in Midwest Drowning Farms and an AF Base

The floods pummeling the Midwest this week could be the last straw for many small farmers and ranchers who were already struggling to make ends meet and then had to deal with the impacts of the President’s trade wars.  The New York Times explained that bankruptcy filings by farmers were up 19 percent last year across the Midwest to their highest level in a decade, and now for many of those farmers, their livestock and land have been washed away. 

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