Recent news has many reports about how meat is produced. The Washington Post reported the USDA is implementing a plan for workers at pork facilities to inspect animals for human consumption, a job federal inspectors previously held. There are concerns over this change. “If we are to ensure food safety, we cannot hand over the integrity of inspections to an industry focused more on profit and less on human and animal welfare.” (Washington Post)
In April, CNN reported the USDA relaxed rules, increasing the speed poultry lines can process birds which is too fast for the naked eye to recognize fecal contamination on the bird. (CNN)
On Memorial Day weekend, the USDA issued a national recall of 62,000 pounds of raw beef due to E. coli concerns. (CNN)
Big Ag has taken over our food system, and to further their own financial gains, put the consumer and small farming operations in danger. Many farmers in Yankton County cannot afford large machinery or building a CAFO. These farmers have been told by industry to “go big or go home.” Our factory farming “families” in Yankton County aren’t interested in the smaller farmer, but wait for those operations to fail then buy their land and get bigger.
Buying locally can support the real family farm. I bought a hog from a local farmer and had it butchered in Yankton. The meat is delicious and cut to our specifications. I left the growing to the farmer who knows his animals and doesn’t have too many to monitor. My butcher’s business depends on good reviews from local customers. Is it more expensive? You bet, and worth every penny. The farmer and the butcher are the only ones getting my money. I cut out Big Ag which already takes too much of my money in government subsidies. I contribute to my local economy and support my local farmer and butcher. For me and my family, the meat just tastes better. Win-win!
Do you want your food to be safe and keep our real farming families alive? Buy your meat directly from your local farmer.