U.S. Ranchers Offered Aid as Biden Reserves Largest Protections for Corporate Meatpackers

U.S. Ranchers Offered Aid as Biden Reserves Largest Protections for Corporate Meatpackers


President Joe Biden is offering federal aid in the form of a $1 billion package to ranchers, farmers, and independent processors even as he reserves the largest protections for the four meatpacking corporations that dominate the market.

During a roundtable meeting on Monday, Biden announced that his administration will spend about a billion from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, offering grants to aid independent processors, reviewing anti-competitive practices in the meat industry, and boosting meatpacking capacity.

While Biden noted that “four big corporations control more than half the markets in beef, pork, and poultry,” the administration is seemingly doing little to beat back the consolidated corporate power that Tyson Foods, Cargill, the National Beef Packing Company, and JBS have over the meatpacking industry.

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