The U.S. Is Offering Meat Processors $1 Billion in Grants. Will It Actually Help?

The U.S. Is Offering Meat Processors Billion in Grants. Will It Actually Help?

In the meat-cutting lab at Texas A&M’s Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center, eager students wearing chain mail under their aprons fix their eyes on a prodigious carcass. An instructor uses a hacksaw to cleave the former cow. Knowing where to place the tip of a knife to transform a thousand-pound carcass into market-ready cuts of beef is a skill that could land the students secure jobs after graduation. Many graduates of this program go on to work in the country’s largest meat-packing companies, known as the Big Four—Cargill, JBS, National Beef, and Tyson.President Joe Biden announced a “crackdown” on these companies during his State of the Union speech in March. He says they overcharged consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, when cattle prices plummeted while…

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