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Trade Wars Highlight World’s Largest Feedlot

Touch the Soil News #1185 (Feature photo – African Cattle – CCA SA 4.0 International) American beef is on the list of 104 other American agricultural products that are subjected to high Chinese tariffs. With the world’s largest population, food is no small concern of China. So, if not America, where else? The shift away from American beef has brought attention to Karan Beef. A South African company, Karan Beef boasts the world’s largest feedlot with a carrying capacity of 160,000 head at any given time. The feedlot is 6,200 acres in size – almost 10 square miles. Karan Beef, seeing an opportunity as the U.S. and China deal with…

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Do We Need Regulations to tell us what is Meat or Beef?

Touch the Soil News #973 (Feature photo – Large Feedlot – public domain) In a recent press release, the United States Cattlemen’s Association says it submitted a petition for rulemaking to the USDA. The Association wants the Food Safety and Inspection Service (an arm of the USDA) to establish beef labeling requirements to inform us on the difference between beef products derived from cattle raised on the ranch and those derived from beef created in the laboratory from beef cells. While the goal of the Cattlemen’s Association is obvious – to protect their economic turf, could this backfire? Meat labeled as avoiding slaughter houses and issues surrounding the environmental footprint…

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The Cost of a Lie and a Bribe

Touch the Soil News #661 We’ve been covering the food scandal of the century that is unfolding in Brazil. Brazil, the world’s largest meat producer and meat exporter ($14 billion in meat exports annually) has an ethics problem. Over 30 meat packing facilities have been investigated and dozens of folks arrested in an industry wide practice of paying off meat inspectors to look the other way as compromised meat is doctored up and sold/shipped to foreign nations. As a consequence, more than 30 meat inspectors were fired. They allegedly allowed rotten meat to be sold, dates of expiration to be altered and tolerating the disguising of poor meat with chemical…

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