Do you like to knowing where your meat comes from via Country of Origin labels?
Then I have some bad news for you………….
On Wednesday June 13, 2015 Congress passed the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015.
Some 300 congress members voted in favor of doing away with the Country of Origin Labels (also called COOL labels) on beef, pork and chicken. Just 131 voted against it.
Most of Indiana’s congress members voted in favor of the end of the COOL labeling program.
The YES Votes
Jackie Walorski- District 2
Marlin Stutzman- District 3
Todd Rokita-District 4
Susan Brooks-District 5
Luke Messer- District 6
Andre Carson- District 7
Larry Buschon- District 8
Todd Young-District 9
The Only No Vote
Peter Visclosky-District 1
Why Is This Happening
The US imports millions of Canadian and Mexican raised cattle and hogs each year. Both countries claim that COOL labels hurt their bottom line.
They allege that US meat packers pay them less for their meat and that American consumers turn their noses up at it. So they took their concerns to the World Trade Organization.
Canada and Mexico want the WTO to allow them to impose tariffs on things they import from the USA such as beef, pork, cheese, cherries, corn, maple syrup, pasta, chocolate, jewelry and furniture, if we don’t do away with COOL labeling.
These tariffs could cost the US more that 3 billion dollars a year.
The Senate has yet to act on this matter.
What Can You Do?
You have a couple of choices.
If you’re the political type, write to or email your Senator before they vote on this issue and tell them what you think.
Find Yours here.
And if you’re not the political type……….
Just purchase your meat like usual from the grocery store and try not to think about it.
Ditch the grocery store and purchase your meat from a local Southeastern Indiana farmer you know and trust.
Click on a link below to find a farmer near you.
Am I the only one who wonders why we import and export beef and pork? Wouldn’t it make more sense to keep all of our own pork and beef in our own country so we wouldn’t have to import any?
Are you a local food lover or a proud Hoosier?
If you are, we hope you’ll keep in touch!