By Breitbart. A rancher who raises cattle in Texas and Colorado sounded the alarm that the U.S. government is importing what he considered inferior beef from Namibia while American ranchers are facing the possible “depopulation” of their herds.
“Yesterday (April 26), the first shipment of imported beef from the country of Namibia hit the shores of the United States of America,” Rancher Shad Sullivan said in a video posted on Twitter. “And yet, this morning, they (U.S. Department of Agriculture) are telling us to prepare to euthanize harvest-ready cattle.”
This is scary. North Texas rancher Shad Sullivan explains why our nations food supply is at risk.
Foreign meats are now being imported onto American soil.
They in the process of having to euthanize millions of chickens and may soon have to do the same to the cows. pic.twitter.com/xnscaLjF57
— Derek Utley (@realDerekUtley) April 28, 2020
“Am I the only one that sees a problem with this?” Sullivan asked. “It is time we get the American people back to work. It is time we get money flowing. It is time we get food on the shelves.”
Breitbart Texas contacted Sullivan about what prompted his impassioned video.
“On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture promised to help cattle producers find alternative markets for livestock producers after several meatpacking plants shut down over Coronavirus concerns. They followed that saying that if alternative markets cannot be found, they would ‘advise and assist on depopulation and disposal methods.’” (Read more from “Rancher: U.S. Importing Beef While Prepping to Possibly Discard American Herds” HERE)
Farmers Are Destroying Their Own Crops After the Coronavirus Ravaged the Food Market — and Say USDA Failed to Help Them Get It to Hungry Americans in Time
By Business Insider. Millions of pounds of food is being wasted on US farms after demand collapsed because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports.
Farmers are pouring thousands of gallons of milk down the drain, and crushing ripe fruit and vegetables back into the soil with heavy machinery because they have no way to put it on the market for a profit.
The waste is due to a collapse in parts of the service industry forced to close because of the virus. It means buyers like restaurants, hotels, schools, and sports venues no longer need ingredients, which has in turn caused demand to plummet in some cases to half its regular levels, according to The Guardian.
The federal government launched a program to redistribute this food, setting aside $3 billion for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to buy it up and send it to struggling Americans.
However, industry leaders and lawmakers have complained that USDA failed to launch the program quick enough, leaving producers with no choice but to waste huge quantities of food, Politico reported. (Read more from “Farmers Are Destroying Their Own Crops After the Coronavirus Ravaged the Food Market — and Say USDA Failed to Help Them Get It to Hungry Americans in Time” HERE)