Where’s the beef (from)?


As the principal owner of the oldest basic manufacturing company in the USA, I have seen how globalists have outsourced manufacturing and middle class jobs to import unreliable, cheap goods. Few people understand that the ag industry is infected with globalists just the same as manufacturing.

It is the globalist meat packers who outsource (import) cattle to achieve lower priced, inferior food products. Globalists shrink US cattle harvests effectively eliminating middle class jobs within the US beef sector. Globalists are globalists whether they manufacture goods or process food.
It makes me angry that meat packing globalists have fought so hard to fight honest labeling of where’s the beef you buy coming from!

I love to BBQ anything — especially beef! I love to BBQ so much that tramping through the snow to get to my grill is no big deal. What is a big deal is that I want to know where that beef is from.
Is it from a country that has standards anything like those held up by ranchers in the USA? Now that’s a trick question because no country has standards like those of the good ole USA. Plus whatever standards exist in foreign countries are not so much enforced.

We have seen during this COVID pandemic that countries do take actions to protect themselves at the expense of other countries. If exporting beef is important for the economy of a country, is that country as diligent in controlling its exports as our USA government inspectors? Are their systems and processes of inspection anything like ours? That hardly a trick question as the answer is definitely NOT!

It was no surprise to me that a 2016 Consumer Reports survey found that an “overwhelming majority of consumers want country-of-origin labeling on meat,” and particularly want to know if their meat was born, raised or slaughtered abroad.

You may think you know where the beef you are grilling is from but unless you buy it local through a butcher you know…you don’t know. You think you know because you see that USDA sticker on the beef you bought at the supermarket. If it has that USDA sticker, it must be American beef, right? Wrong!

The USDA will put their sticker on beef no matter where it is from. The globalist meat packers are okay with that because it makes you believe you are buying USA quality beef.
Fortunately, there is a bill working its way through Congress to put some light on this shady practice. The American Beef Labeling Act of 2021 (S.2716) requires mandatory country-of-origin labeling (M-COOL) for beef.

M-COOL passage means that when we buy beef in the supermarket, we will see a label that will inform us where the beef we are buying is REALLY from. This legislation will promote a safe and affordable supply of wholesome beef for America’s consumers including BBQ grillers like me.
I am contacting our Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urging them to step up and sign on to co-sponsor this legislation. Am pretty confident they will support this legislation as they both support everything made in the USA. But it wouldn’t hurt for you to let them know how important this issue is to you and your family.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian O’Shaughnessy owns the former Lansing cattle ranch on Merry Hill and Jackson Hill Roads in Boonville and is the principal owner of Revere Copper Products in Rome. Revere was founded by Paul Revere in 1801. Brian is recognized as an expert on international trade and testified once before the International Trade Commission and seven congressional committees on that subject.


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