This is an alert for those of you who can make it to Herreid, South Dakota at 1 PM this Friday and a heads up on the industrialization of food for the rest of us.
Agribiz, with its money and friends in Congress and the White House, to say nothing of its total ownership of the food section of the FDA (Fraud and Death Administration) and the USDA (US Department of Agribiz) is using the identical tactics John D. Rockefeller used to gain total world control of oil production: cut prices locally to levels which forced local producers and processors out of business, then buy up their companies for nothing or simply ignore them and replace their services with his own. Standard Oil, Rockefeller’s company, could afford do that without worrying about temporary losses because of its enormous resources elsewhere. Once he dominated a market segment, he raised prices to suit his desires.
The economic, social and personal chaos and destruction he wrought in the lives of the owners, workers and communities he destroyed bothered him not at all.
Tyson is using the same tactics in beef. Investigations have shown that commercial meat packing houses are sinks of filth and horrific working conditions. That will be all we have if the 4 meat packers have their way and drive out all competition and those beef farmers who raise clean, sustainable, healthy animals.
To make matters worse, it is the small cattle farmer who provides clean, organic, feedlot-free beef, not the 4 giants in the meat packing industry. Remember that Mad Cow Disease has NEVER been found in organic herds, that corn fed, drugged, hormone and antibiotic laced sick and dying animals produced by feed lots and slaughtered in filth are the product of industrial meat production. Eating sick animals makes you sick. Eating healthy food, makes you healthy. But it is not consistent with the Agribiz agenda which is cheap food at any price.
If you want this to continue, do nothing. This ties in perfectly with the food laws before Congress which will industrialize ALL food production and make the US, like Europe increasingly is, a place where herb gardens are illegal because you are growing drugs (!), where if you do garden, you follow Codex-compliant regulations and use the “correct” industrial poisons (like Roundup(C), see http://drrimatruthreports.com/?p=2915 concerning super Roundup(c) which is now 70% Agent Orange), keep onerous records or face fines of $500K TO $1M for each infraction, etc, and you have no access to supplements that will do any good since the FDA wants to overturn DSHEA.
Think it cannot happen here because this is the “Land of the Free”? Think again. Unless you take action, this will be the land of total agribiz domination and total Codex implementation.
Date: June 20, 2009
Subject: NOTICE OF NEWS CONFERENCE
When: 1:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 26, 2009
Where: The front lawn of the home of Herman Schumacher: 102 6th Ave. NW, Herreid, South Dakota
Who: Herman Schumacher, lead plaintiff in Herman Schumacher, et al. vs. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., et al (price manipulation case)
Mike Callicrate, plaintiff in price manipulation case
Johnny Smith, R-CALF USA Region III Director
Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA CEO
What: On June 11, 2009, pursuant to a legal action by the nation’s largest beef packer, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. (Tyson), the U.S. Marshal posted a “No Trespassing” and “Warning” sign on the front door of the home of South Dakota rancher and cattle feeder Herman Schumacher. Schumacher did not violate any law. Instead, Tyson is retaliating against Schumacher because Schumacher tried to protect his fellow cattle producers by stopping Tyson from violating the Packers and Stockyards Act. A federal jury sided unanimously with Schumacher and found that Tyson violated the PSA and damaged Schumacher and other U. S. cattle producers by forcing cattle prices lower. But, in a bazaar twist the judicial system has enabled Tyson to seek vengeance against Schumacher who must now pay Tyson’s court costs in the amount of $15,881.38 or Tyson will use the U.S. judicial system to seize Schumacher’s home.
The news conference will highlight the ongoing injustice against Schumacher; will demonstrate that the Administration, Congress, and the U.S. judicial system has failed utterly to protect the safety and security of our nation’s food supply; and will reveal that the concentrated beef packing industry has accumulated such untouchable power that it can freely engage in anticompetitive and antitrust behavior to drive family farmers and ranchers from the U.S. cattle industry by the tens of thousands each year.
Background: The U.S. beef packing industry is among the most concentrated industries in America, with just four packers controlling approximately 88 percent of the nation’s fed cattle market. Congress passed the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) knowing that hundreds of thousands of family farmers and ranchers needed protection against the anticompetitive practices of the dominant packers in order to ensure the security and safety of our U.S. food system. The PSA prohibits packers from engaging in anticompetitive practices. However, two federal agencies recently found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) h as failed for nearly a decade to correctly enforce the PSA. Thus, cattle producers like Schumacher have been denied PSA protections and packers have been unrestrained in engaging in anticompetitive practices against Schumacher and others.
Because USDA would not enforce the PSA, Schumacher and two other plaintiffs took it upon themselves to seek PSA protections for all U.S. cattle producers when, in 2001, USDA erroneously underreported beef prices and packers took advantage of USDA’s mistake by driving cattle prices lower. In Schumacher’s legal action, a jury awarded $9.25 million to the class of cattle producers that were damaged by the packers’ violation of the PSA. However, on appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals the jury’s verdict was overturned on the basis that the packers’ violation of the PSA was not proved intentional. The packers then sought court orders compelling Schumacher and the other plaint iffs to pay the packers’ court costs for their successful circumvention of the provisions contained in the PSA.
This recent action demonstrates that family farmers and ranchers – our U.S. food producers – have no means of protecting either their livelihoods or their industry against the anti competitive and antitrust actions of the packers that are driving food-producer prices well below sustainable levels. Producers have sought relief from both the Administration and from Congress, but to no avail. And, producers and R-CALF USA have sought relief in the judicial system where, in three recent cases, they have won their cases before fact-finding juries and district court judges only to have their victories quashed by appellant courts that consistently side with the packers.
Meanwhile, U.S. cattle producers are exiting the U.S. cattle industry by the tens of thousands each year and consumers are continuing to pay at or near record beef prices while prices paid to cattle producers have fallen well below the cost of production. This spring, while cattle producers lost hundreds of dollars on each head of cattle sold, the share of the consumer’s beef dollar paid to the cattle producer has fallen to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2002, the year when cattle prices were severely depressed. The U.S. cattle industry is fast losing the critical mass of independent producers necessary to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. beef supply.
If you are within driving distance of Herreid, South Dakota, we encourage you to stand with us at 1:00 p.m. CDT next Friday at the home of Herman Schumacher to highlight the absolute need to restore competition to our cattle markets before even more producers are forced to exit our industry.