The United States, a nation blessed with grassland for raising cattle, imports more beef than any country on earth. That’s because U.S. ag policy favors industrial production of corn and soybeans over plain old farmin’ and ranchin’.
Big meatpackers and livestock groups are in court fighting to prevent enforcement of country-of-origin labeling. Alan Guebert theorizes that’s because if we knew where our meat came from, we might just lose our appetite.
For two generations, American agriculture has focused on wringing the last ounce of profit from the earth without returning sustenance to the land or its people. The results are plain to see – or not see – in a drive through a heartland…
Within a span of one month, Monsanto won a court case, lost a PR battle and wound up at the center of a controversy over illegal genetically modified wheat. It's all money in the bank for the ag giant.