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Mon May 4, 2020, 07:55 AM

Why, Exactly, Are Pork Chops So "Essential" That Workers Must Die To Keep Plants Open?

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And on Tuesday, Trump signed an order requiring meat plants to stay open during the pandemic—even though 20 meatpacking workers have died of the virus, and 6,500 meatpacking workers have already been diagnosed or placed into quarantine. The administration’s order reportedly includes funding for additional protective gear for employees, as well as health guidance; but no enforceable safety standards for workers.

The meat must keep flowing, though—because according to the Trump administration, meat is “essential” to the safety of this country. The order he signed on Tuesday invokes the Defense Production Act to classify meatpacking plants as “essential” and “critical” infrastructure. That means these facilities must remain open during the pandemic, and local health officials can’t force closures where there are COVID-19 outbreaks.

The White House says this is necessary to making sure there aren’t food shortages in America. “We see it as an urgent need, and there should not be a panic on food supply at a moment when our country is embarking on the path of recovery from the fallout of COVID,” an administration official told Axios.

But there is no evidence that a “panic on food supply” is imminent due to coronavirus’s impact on the meat industry. Yes, at least 20 meatpacking plants have closed in recent weeks because of outbreaks, the Washington Post reported, and about 25 percent of pork production is offline. But for now, that just means you might not be able to find certain cuts of pork or boneless chicken breasts at the grocery store. You know what else is hard to find at the grocery store right now? Toilet paper. But there’s no national panic over our inability to wipe our own butts. We can use tissue paper. We can eat beans.

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Reply Why, Exactly, Are Pork Chops So "Essential" That Workers Must Die To Keep Plants Open? (Original post)
hatrack May 4 OP
Thomas Hurt May 4 #1
captain queeg May 4 #2
Eko May 4 #3
hunter May 4 #9
Eko May 4 #12
hunter May 4 #13
Eko May 4 #14
randr May 4 #4
Midnight Writer May 4 #10
randr May 4 #11
lark May 4 #5
LuvLoogie May 4 #6
safeinOhio May 4 #7
global1 May 4 #8

Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 08:03 AM

1. Farmers, ranchers voted for the Pig in large numbers

Essential to his re-election.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 08:18 AM

2. It's the bacon!

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 08:48 AM

3. Because its food.

And while you may not agree with it it still doesn't change the fact that its food. Will you be saying the same thing when its beans?

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Response to Eko (Reply #3)

Mon May 4, 2020, 10:42 AM

9. I don't buy any pork.

My wife is a vegetarian, I'm mostly a vegetarian.

I do buy eggs.

Old egg laying chickens end up in the kibble I feed my dogs.

As omnivores pigs and people eat pretty much the same thing. If the pork industry goes belly up that's more food for people.

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Response to hunter (Reply #9)

Mon May 4, 2020, 10:51 PM

12. So what?

I decided long ago to not have kids. That's me doing my part for the world. Don't be so egocentric that you have to impose your way on everyone else.

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Response to Eko (Reply #12)

Mon May 4, 2020, 11:05 PM

13. Don't be so egocentric as to impose abusive work on others.

Fuck the factory farm pork industry.

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Response to hunter (Reply #13)

Mon May 4, 2020, 11:09 PM

14. You're so funny.

Nowhere did I do that but as always you have to argue with strawman.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 08:49 AM

4. It is a long line of supply and demand

From seed growers to groceries.
Pull out one factor and the whole chain collapses.
The answer is a reassessment of our food supply. Localize! More small businesses working directly with consumers. Less corporate control of processing that injects chemicals from the feed seed to the final product. Diversity of food supply guarantees more nutritious and not more marketable food stuffs.

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Response to randr (Reply #4)

Mon May 4, 2020, 04:19 PM

10. Several local meat producers in my rural area. The chain grocers are short, but the family run

butcher and small grocers seem to have plenty of meat,eggs and cheese.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #10)

Mon May 4, 2020, 06:48 PM

11. Same here, lots of good organic non GMO

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 09:02 AM

5. Donnie wants his meat.

I bet th Tangerine Terrorist is also getting paid by his meat packing buddies to make sure they can still produce at a very profitable level and that is his main concern. He doesn't care if all the workers die, that's a benefit to drumpf, easier to steal their social security funds if they aren't alive to complain. They can't vote against him if he's dead, another huge feature for him.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 09:34 AM

6. Ask Vincent...

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 10:21 AM

7. Road kill before pork...

But, that's just me.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2020, 10:30 AM

8. Donnie The Racist Heard It Is....

'White Meat'.

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