The law which mandated listing the origins of your meat has been repealed, thanks to the World Trade Organization and Congress. Specifically muscle cuts of beef, chicken, pork, lamb, and goat do not have to list country of origin.
Consumer preferences have come in last in favor of meat producers. Our food should not come from origins unknown to the final user. Not any of our food.
What if you want to eat local as much as possible? What if you only want products from America? The repeal of the law makes it more difficult to know where your meat originates. Apparently meat packers were all for the law being rescinded.
What can you do?
- as much as possible reduce your consumption of meat products
- find local farms where you can purchase meat from
- buy your meat through local food co-ops they generally are more hands on and accountable for their selected food items they sell.
- let’s have fairness lead, not handshakes that only benefit certain interests.
- The area of food labeling could make a very interesting documentary.
- Avoid eating meat from fast food places.
- As much as possible vote people into office who are ethical and care about the well-being of the populace.
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