This Friday things really took a turn for the worst. Congress just passed a spending bill outlawing the “Country Of Origin Labelling” (COOL) regulation which lets consumers know where their meat has been sourced. This means that from now on, we may never know where the meat we are eating has come from – worrying to say the least.
The new decision follows a ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO) which determines labels to “discriminate against meat raised and slaughtered outside of the United States.” The WTO have permitted both Mexico and Canada to enforce over $1 billion in tariffs on American products in complete retaliation if the labels were not removed from their pork and beef products. Both Canada and Mexico are the biggest agricultural partners of the US and have a huge amount of influence as far as our meat production is concerned.
As a result of this, the lawmakers were very concerned and under immense pressure, they repealed the COOL regulation. Even President Barack Obama signed the bill, much to the surprise of many onlookers.
With the new repeal, we will be hard pressed to figure out where in the world our meat is coming from in the future, in fact, there will be no way to tell whether we are eating meat from the US or somewhere halfway round the world.
This new repeal has caused a bit of an up-stir in other sectors across the country. Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, says:
“THIS IS A ROTTEN WAY TO DO LEGISLATION, BY ATTACHING THESE BARNACLES ON THE OMNIBUS BILLS IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT.”
The decision strongly opposes the view of most American citizens, with over 90% of people voting in favour of COOL labelling back in 2013. If you’re not sure where your meat is coming from in the future, it is best to stop purchasing it and seek an organic, grass fed butcher.