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.

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Justthinking

Thank goodness for this state keeping the corporations owned politicians in office. They have really kept our family farmers and food safety in their laws. They:
I. Removed the Country of Origin Labels.
2. Sent poultry to China for unsanitary processing.
3. Shut down local processing plants and loss of jobs.
3. Have the industries inspect themselves. Like the plane crashes, food poisoning etc.
4. Loss of the family farms and now working for the big corporations without health insurance, retirement etc.
5. Contamination of the environment environment, ignore Climate Change and all Science, and even the Constitution.

Just keep it going.

tomPayne

Let's look at the economics of this. Ms. Reiland buys a 250 lb hog from the farmer for above market price of $250 has it processed locally, probably has at least $300 into 140 lbs of meat. So already she is paying more for her meat. I'm guessing a lot of people really cannot afford to pay alot more for what is a usually an affordable protein. So the poor farmer is left trying to sell his high priced meat to a wealthy few. That $250 isn't all profit so maybe the farmer gets to take home $100. So for an average income the farmer needs to direct sell 420 hogs. And that's just one farm for you. Who's lining up? Ms. Reiland go ahead keep patting your privileged, gentrified back for "supporting" that one family farm with a purchase. In the real world people don't want to live in poverty for your conscience.

Keeping it real

Well tomPayne, it was acknowledged the direct buy pork did cost more. Maybe Ms Reiland wanted to get real red meat pork instead of your 'other white meat', bleh! From your previous posts, I'm guessing you have a vested interest in factory farming so it's no surprise you will be negative about anything that doesn't add money to your pocket. Factory farming is not sustainable. Government subsidies artificially keep food costs down. Factory farms are hurting our real family farmer and your kind are like vultures ready to swoop in to buy their land and 'help them out' while you just add more to your pile. But people are catching on. There is a growing number of consumers who are willing to pay more for better quality food and ethical sustainable farming practices that are not industrial. Add to that the increase interest in plant based protein, and the cost of your 'affordable protein' will be too much in damage to the air, water, land and local economy. Soon the tide will turn my friend.

Keeping it real

Here is a link that speaks to exactly what I'm saying about how we can support our real family farmers and how this is happening here in the USA.
https://news.mikecallicrate.com/colorado-springs-business-journal-rittmer-traces-solutions-for-food-farms/?fbclid=IwAR14EzIR2JJDfU3d9bwtNqwpx7WCkKT08NDmCjcg0CBgE_6mUvT2QhCjUQ8

Frank Kloucek

Mr. Paine: With all due respect. Did you go to one of the steak and booze suppers a local bank was hosting to get folks to sign 12 year contracts and go approximately 350 000 in debt for a nursery and 750 000 for a finishing barn neither of which has a requirement for biofilters trees or other new technology to keep odors such as hydrogen sulfide and large particulates contained on site? Did ypu sign one of those contracts? Diid your lawyer look at the agreement or was it ok to take the lawyer of the bank and or the lawyer of the pig suppliers word that this was a good contract to sign? Buy local is a trend gaining traction nation wide. most people change jobs many times in their working years. Tying people down to these long term contracts and unreasonable interest rates and yet mortgaging anywhere from 5 acres to 25 acres as security is really working in the best interest of the bank and not the custom hog feeder/finisher. If the barn goes under, one also loses the land one pledged as security.

Iman

I like tacos followed by an ice cream cone.

tomPayne

I'm talking from spending many, many years trying to sell direct from a farm and dealing with people like Ms. Reiland. I remember when I was naive and thought that things could be different, but then economics teach you a hard lesson and you realize that working to death for peanuts and that feel good "local" con game is no way to live life. I have no interest in any CAFO no matter how many time these comment places try to connect me to one. In real life I tried the "local" and "small farm" way and I learned that it is the worst way to farm. There's a reason why farming has changed. No one wants to work regular 16 hour days for pennies so that wealthy, privileged people like Ms. Reiland can feel good about themselves. It's only a matter of time before this Quality of Life group will succeed in killing every small farm in the county. Let's also not forget that Ms Reiland's meat she purchased bypassed many safety protocols in the our government regulations and research has shown repeatedly that the 'local' option is far from the safest.

Iman

Tom. Don't try to talk economics with a lib. It's way over their heads. AOC comes to mind.

Justthinking

DescriptionLiberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. Wikipedia

Justthinking

Conservative: a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics. synonyms: right-winger, reactionary, rightist, diehard;

Justthinking

The original Thomas Paine was a man of reason. Unfortunately imitators are in name only.

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