Tony Thompson, sheriff for Black Hawk County in Iowa, told the New York Times that Tyson’s disregard for workers in its Waterloo, Iowa pork plant “shook me to the core.” Thompson asked the Times reporter:
“Which is more important? Your pork chops, or the people that are contracting Covid, the people that are dying from it?”
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed what has always been true of the meat industry controlled by Cargill, JBS, Tyson and Smithfield: Profits are earned at the expense of slaughterhouse and farm workers’ safety, farmers’ ability to earn a decent living, animals’ rights to basic welfare, eaters’ health and everyone’s need for clean water and a stable climate.
The pandemic has also revealed another truth: As more people cook at home and seek out more local, regenerative, organic food—including grass-fed and pasture-raised meat—it’s clear that another food system is possible.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: No more COVID-19-contaminated factory farm slaughterhouses! Support local processing plants for organic pasture-based farmers and butchers.