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Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 16, 2020 07:45AM
ProPublica got emails under a FOI request that shows what one might expect.

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...as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial executive order aimed at keeping the plants open to supply food to American consumers.

It was a relief for the nation’s meatpackers who were being urged, or ordered, to suspend production by local health officials worried about the spread of the coronavirus.

... Just a week before the order was issued, the meat industry’s trade group drafted an executive order that bears striking similarities to the one the president signed

They have lots of examples of the latter; it’s clear the Trumpies just rewrote what was requested by the industry.

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“All policy is shaped by people who have a stake in it...But I can’t think of something that was so direct between the stakeholder asking for action and getting it.”

... To date, there have been more than 43,000 cases and at least 195 deaths among meatpacking employees.

...which doesn’t come close to counting how many cases were spread to their families and the community at large.

But at least we got our burgers.

RollingEyesSmiley5
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Re: Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: Ted King
Date: September 16, 2020 09:20AM
So making sure that people get all the meat they want is worth an emergency executive order but no executive order to produce PPE and covid tests. Nurses having to reuse protective masks while working with patients that are releasing huge amounts of virus didn't move the president but a few calls from meat-packing plant owners does. Pretty obvious where Trump's priorities lie.
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Re: Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: September 16, 2020 10:14AM
One of the worst industries on the planet. Terrible for workers, animals, the environment, and our health. Heard about a plant that had 8 COVID deaths and was fined $15K, and the company earns many billions a year.

We're all going to need to become vegetarian anyway to solve the climate crisis, or at the very least consume only products from animals raised locally under humane and environmentally sounds conditions.
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Re: Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 16, 2020 10:20AM
We need a new Upton Sinclair book. The meat industry in this country has convinced the government to completely give away its authority over the years, making us all much more unsafe and inhumane.

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 16, 2020 10:22AM
1) People exist to serve the economy

or

2) The economy exists to serve the people.

If you agree with 1, you are a republican.

If you agree with 2, you are a liberal filthy commie @#$%&.

Why is a red-white mixture forum-nannied?
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Re: Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: timg
Date: September 16, 2020 01:52PM
This is just confirmation of what people already "knew" to be the case.

Trump is pro-business, as long as it's US business or he's getting a cut.



Skill without imagination is craftsmanship. Imagination without skill is Modern Art.
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Re: Meatpacking industry was behind Trump EO exempting meatpacking from Covid limitations
Posted by: RgrF
Date: September 16, 2020 09:21PM
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This is just confirmation of what people already "knew" to be the case.

Trump is pro-business, as long as it's US business or he's getting a cut.

At least two of those meatpackers are wholly owned subsidiaries of Chinese companies.
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