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Do You Know the World’s Largest Meat Company?

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Touch the Soil News #472 Most of us have eaten meat from the world’s largest meat packing company, but don’t even know its name. The company JBS S.A. is the world’s largest meat packing conglomerate headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We don’t recognize JBS S.A. because it owns the U.S. brands of Swift and Company and Pilgrim’s Pride. JBS S.A., owns one of the hallmarks of American food companies – Swift. JBS S.A. has operations across the U.S. in the Midwest, the South and the West. JBS S.A. just announced plans for a major global restructure the ultimately will change the name to JBS Foods International with headquarters in Ireland.…

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Subway – the New “Clean Meat” Leader

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Touch the Soil News #223 In recent months, Subway has been under criticism by Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Keep Antibiotics Working and Center for Food Safety.  At issue was the use of meat from animals which are routinely administered antibiotics. Subway is not a small company. It boasts 44,310 restaurants in 111 countries, 27,000 of which are in the United States. In an October 20, 2015 press release, the Subway company has pledged to take fairly dramatic action as relates to its food quality. In specifics, the company pledges to:   Subway will remove all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives…

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Can you Name the Largest Food Company in the World? (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News # 145 Do you know who the world’s largest food company is? Many of us have not heard of this company because it is privately held and does not hit the news often. In fact, it is the largest privately held company in the United States. This does not mean that this company’s role in our food is as obscure as its name. It is a food behemoth that dominates all roads between the world’s farms and your dinner plate. The company’s vision is to be the global leader in nourishing people. Following are some facts of this company: This company has more descendants that are…

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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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