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  1. #1 Growing Drive to Destroy the Beef Industry 
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    This is a long article but worth the read. Environmentalists and our own USDA now have the beef industry in a stranglehold.


    Growing Drive to Destroy the Beef Industry
    https://canadafreepress.com/article/...-beef-industry

    ...So the offered solution to “fix” the beef industry is “sustainable certification”. All the cattle growers have to do, they are assured, is follow a few simple rules and all will be fine, peaceful and profitable. Enter the players: the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), and the U.S, Department of Agriculture.

    ...To bring the cattle industry into line with this world view the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has accepted the imposition of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, which is heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the World Wildlife Fund, one of the top three most powerful environmental organizations in the world and a leader in the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which basically sets the rules for global environmental policy. This is the same World Wildlife Fund that issued a report saying, “Meat consumption is devastating some of the world’s most valuable and vulnerable regions, due to the vast amount of land needed to produce animal feed.” The report went on to say that, to save the Earth, it was vital that we change human consumption habits away from meat. As pointed out earlier, the fact is most land used for grazing isn’t capable of growing crops for food. Further, to have the WWF involved in any part of the beef industry is simply suicidal.

    It’s interesting to note that the “Principles for Sustainable Beef Farming,” issued for the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Working Group (SAI), follow the exact guidelines originally presented in the United Nations’ Agenda 21/ Sustainable Development blueprint...

    ...To follow the sustainable rules and be officially certified, the cattle growers must agree to have much of the use of their land reduced to provide for wildlife habitat. There are strict controls over water use and grazing areas. This forces the growers to have smaller herds, making the process more expensive and economically unviable for the industry. In addition, there is a new layer of industry and government inspectors, creating a massive bureaucratic overreach, causing yet more costs for the growers.

    The Roundtable rules are now enforced through the packing companies. You see, the cattlemen actually have no direct market. Instead, they first bring their product to feedlots for final preparation. The feedlots then sell the cattle to the packers. The packers are the ones who then have direct contact with stores, restaurants and other entities that actually buy the beef. The packers are a major force in the Roundtable, working side by side with the WWF, and so dictate the rules to the feedlots to comply with sustainable certification for the cattle they will buy from the growers. If the beef they obtain isn’t grown according to the sustainable beef principles then the packers refuse to buy it. That has quickly put smaller feedlots out of business. Consequently, it also destroys the cattle growers who rely on the feedlots to take their product....
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    There are a lot of issues in the beef industry that make it easy to attack it. I'm thinking of the whole thing that led to mad cow disease, in which it was common practice to use beef in cattle feed. That's not right, don't make animals into cannibals.


    But I don't want to see cattle farmers driven out of business by unnecessary regulations. Steak is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    There are a lot of issues in the beef industry that make it easy to attack it. I'm thinking of the whole thing that led to mad cow disease, in which it was common practice to use beef in cattle feed. That's not right, don't make animals into cannibals.


    But I don't want to see cattle farmers driven out of business by unnecessary regulations. Steak is good.
    Mad Cow was in UK, not here. American ranchers have put out a good quality product. USDA has every right to inspect beef. They do not have a right to destroy their business.
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