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Pretty Wild

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Touch the Soil News #742 (feature photo – John Boehner (former Speaker of the House) is on the board of JBS USA) The corruption scandal of JBS SA – the world’s largest meatpacker headquartered in Brazil – has shaken the faith of millions of people. At issue is not only the bribing of meat inspectors to turn the other eye while exporting compromised meat, but the admission by its top executives (Wesley and Joesley Batista) that the company had paid bribes totaling $112 million to some 1,900 officials and politicians in recent years. J & F Investments of Brazil owns JBS SA of Brazil and also JBS USA here in the United…

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World’s Largest Meat Company Aflame in Corruption

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Touch the Soil News #717 News is rocking around the world on the corruption activities of JBS SA – the world’s largest meat company. We wrote a few weeks back of the corruption scandals surrounding the bribing of Brazilian meat inspectors that led to compromised meat being shipped around the world. The JBS SA bribery activity includes millions of dollars of payoffs to Brazilian President Michel Temer, which now has Brazil in a national uproar for his resignation. In a plea-bargain arrangement, JBS SA senior executives Joesley Batista and Wesley Batista (brothers) revealed that in recent years, they have spent over $112 million USD to bribe nearly 1,900 politicians. What…

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Corruption Begins to Topple World’s Largest Meat Company

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Touch the Soil News #708 (feature photo – Bo Pilgrim statue in front of a facility principally owned by JBS SA – CC SA 3.0) JBS SA, headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has the title of being the world’s largest meat processing company by sales. They specialize in beef, chicken and pork. The company has over 150 plants around the world and employs approximately 200,000 people. The company was founded in 1953 and is presently managed and controlled by Joesley Batista and Wesley Batista – both billionaire stockholders. In the United States, most folks have purchased JBS SA meat under the brands of Pilgrim’s Pride (the largest chicken producer in…

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Should Home Gardeners Get Into Producing Their Own Meat/Proteins?

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Touch the Soil News # 130 The logistics of raising fruit and vegetables are one thing. The pursuit of meat and protein is another.  There has been a revival of backyard chickens for eggs and meat. More and more cities that had restrictions on urban chickens are lifting or reducing them. It is hard to imagine that in 1859, residents of Manhattan were keeping over 50,000 pigs in the city. Posing the question as to whether or not home gardeners should be concerned about their own meat stems from a more basic question: Should meatpacking be more decentralized and are meat companies getting to big? This question came again to…

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