Gabriel Rosenberg: Don’t Make Meat Cheaper. Make It Much More Expensive.

Joe Biden at a desk, next to him a full screen poster "Promoting Competition in the Meat Industry"
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting on January 3 about reducing the cost of meat through increasing competition in the meat processing industry.  Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images    
Biden’s crackdown on Big Meat aims to increase competition to bring prices down. But cheap meat depends on ignoring the product’s true cost.

On December 21, 2021, the attorneys general of 16 states, including agricultural powerhouses like Iowa and Minnesota, sent a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and his fair-competition czar, Senior Advisor Andrew Green. In it, they called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act, initially passed in 1921 to check rampant market manipulation and fraud in the meat industry. 

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