Where does American beef come from? Most of us think we get those steaks on the kitchen table from the pristine American outback ranges in states like Texas, Nebraska and Kansas. On Tuesday, conservative voice Tomi Lahren told us a tale of American cattle ranchers being pushed out by beef supplies from overseas in her feature entitled, “Make the American Table Great Again”.
In her final thought, she spoke out for the American cattle rancher, who have been slammed by a 2015 bill pushed down the throats of the American public by the World Trade Organization.
“Cowboys and cattlemen have never had it easy, these last two years have been brutal” Lahren said. “The cost to operate has gone up, but the cost of cattle has gone down, alot.”
She noted this was due to Congress repealing the COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) on meat products, allowing other nations to import and sell their products alongside homegrown beef, and without letting the consumer know where it was coming from.
For a few years, manufacturers were required to stamp the country of origin on packages of meat and pork products, but the World Trade Organization complained, saying the U.S. law unfairly targeted international beef suppliers. In 2015, President Obama signed the $1.5 trillion omnibus bill, which effectively also repealed the COOL laws.
Lahren said beef today comes from South America, Canada, Japan and others, no longer just from the American rancher.
“That means your beef is transported in crates for God only knows how long,” she said. “Animal lovers, live cattle are smashed into shipping containers and shipped to this country to be slaughtered for a discount.”
“Would you have a family eat out of a dumpster, not knowing what’s on your table?” she asked. “Then why in the hell would you put foreign sketchy beef on your table?”
“Every American has the right to know where their beef is coming from,” She added. “If you want to eat that foreign crap, go for it.”
But, is she right? Are cattle jam packed into ships on long voyages enroute to the United States? It’s something many people don’t think about, but that’s exactly how it happens…and it isn’t a pleasant sight.
In October of 2015, a cattle ship in Brazil sunk in port, sending 5,000 cows into the water to die. The scene was caught on video and gives you a glimpse into how cattle are shipped from overseas.
A year before, one of the world’s largest cattle carrying ships burned in Australia, also while docked, but was luckily empty of cattle.
In conclusion, Lahren is right. For over a year, Americans have been in the dark about where their beef and pork comes from as the USDA and even your local grocery store is not allowed by law, to report your meat’s country of origin.