This is an unusual, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support a US bill to reverse the decades-long "go big or go home" approach to centralizing meat production.
This is exactly WHY hubby and I built our own butcher shop on our ranch for ourselves, friends and family to utilize. It has been operational for right at a year and we have processed 2 cows, 8 hogs, 8 deer, 13 turkeys and about 50 chickens! We are utilizing it MUCH more than I ever thought we would. We make our own sausage, brats, beef sticks, jerky, etc and it is all MUCH healthier for us without all the preservatives. The shortest food supply chain is the more secure! Do it yourself if you can!
FWIW... I didn't want to be half an hour on the phone with lengthy talking points, so I distilled it down to:
1) Good for small farmers
2) Good for communities
3) Good for local business
4) Good for the environment (eliminate some unnecessary shipping)
5) Would be a great first step toward getting more young people into farming-- we still have a big problem with the aging population of farmers in this country, and part of the reason is that young people can't get *into* that business. PRIME would help a lot.
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6) It'll piss off big ag and increase your for-the-people street cred to support this bill.
Thank you for this info!! We get our meat from a local farm family(over 20 years now) and would love to support local sources for everyone.
Industrial farming, like industrial medicine, does not bring health benefits, only detriments.
John Moody is my friend in Louisville, and I am a regular attendee of his Rogue Food Conference as well as a member of his Whole Life Food Co-Op! Small world!!!
I buy live animals from my farmer friends with regenerative and sustainable practices and I pay a friend who is an experienced butcher to help me process them into cuts.
Got a real person at Gaetz' office, even. Left voicemails with both senators' offices.
Awesome info! I’m sharing to my FB groups.
Clearwater, FL, 45 minutes from Tampa. US Wellness is not local, but grass fed, pastured and organic.
We get a lot of our meat at a farmer's market from a vendor with non-vaccinated, no antibiotic animals. Farm to market costs us around $100-$150 more per year per person, but then again, we make steak more often and eat out less, so likely a cost-benefit on all fronts.
Thank you for the information! Will call today!
I just called a farmer this summer asking about buying beef, and he said that he can’t give a pickup date because he can only slaughter once or twice a year, and they tell him, sometimes last minute, when he can come!
Do you have any nutrition lessons for home school Moms?