Cattle Rancher Warns About the Meat You’re Buying – Mercola

A very depressing article from Mercola linked here. American readers may not know that their food industry is a corporatist, big business cartel not dissimilar to what Mussolini set up in Fascist Italy. You have the still popular FDR to thank for that one.

Anyways, Mercola’s article is summed up here:

  • American cattle rancher Shad Sullivan from North Texas is interviewed by host Patrick Bet-David about the future of the cattle and beef industry
  • Sullivan received an email from the USDA in April 2020, stating that it would help farmers to find alternative markets for their harvests, as COVID-19 caused meat processing plants to shut down
  • If alternative markets couldn’t be found, state veterinarians and government officials would assist with culls, or depopulation, of the animals; meanwhile, the U.S. continues to import beef from other countries
  • Due to the allowance of acquisitions and mergers, four companies — Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef, which is owned by Marfrig Global Foods — control 85% of the U.S. beef supply
  • There are now 727,906 beef farms and ranches in the U.S. In 1979, Sullivan says, there were 1.2 million to 1.3 million; he believes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one-third of the remaining beef farms and ranches in the U.S. may disappear after 2020 — maybe more

There’s a hopeful section near the end of the article about animal and environmentally friendly animal husbandry. Simply put, some cattle farmers are abandoning American-style, factory farming methods and thus turning their plots into sustainable, viable businesses. Mercola’s final piece of advice is apt as well:

“On an individual level, the best way to support U.S. farmers is to seek out locally produced food as much as possible, including grass fed beef, and buy it directly from the farm or a farmers market whenever you can.”

Great advice!

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