A Dead System, Not ‘Over-Capacity,’ Is Behind Farmers’ Destroying Food: Put In a New Economic System Now!

April 30, 2020
President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus update briefing Monday, April 27, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
President Donald J. Trump listens to a reporter’s question during the coronavirus update briefing Monday, April 27, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Tuesday night, President Donald Trump, under the National Defense Production Act, signed an executive order to reopen U.S. meat mega-packing plants, for the purpose of relieving farmers from killing their animals because processing is shut down, and to continue the meat supply.

One farm leader, who spoke at the Schiller Institute April 25-26 conference, immediately stressed today: “OK, but only keep the cartel meat packing houses open until you can phase them out forever. It never should have been this way in the first place.” U.S. and international agriculture have been being destructured during recent decades, so that a few Wall Street/City London cartels dominate all food flows.

Now the giant packing houses have become COVID-19 hot zones, comprising two dozen out of some 200 major complexes: 6,600 workers are sick or otherwise off the job; 20 workers and 2 inspectors have died. There is rightly worry whether needed federal forces will be sent in to make the plants safe. Plus, the executive order does not address milk now going down the drain. It does not indemnify farmers for their euthanized animals, without which they will be ruined.

Today, ranchers who had been at the Schiller Institute’s weekend conference panel on the “Science of Physical Economy,” proposed many specifics for what must happen now. For example, there are about 1,900 smaller meat-processing plants in the U.S. Build them up with credit and other measures. Back the full range of food preservation technologies, including irradiation. This thinking amounts to making concrete, in areas of special knowledge, a new paradigm of economic activity. There is similar momentum in other areas.

Two of those farmers who attended the Schiller conference will participate on the April 30 LaRouchePAC Fireside Chat, with activists from all over the country, and an international conference call among farmers is in the process of being organized soon.

In the international context, look at such a dramatic specific as how U.S. pork capacity could right now help supply China, where there is a great shortage because China lost up to half its hogs to African swine fever over 2018-2019. The logistics would be worked out, despite the pandemic. But the geopolitical residue of tariffs is still in the way.

Moreover, look at the emergency task of how to supply “daily bread” for hundreds of millions of people in Africa, parts of Asia and Latin America/Caribbean, now hit by the pandemic on top of already insufficient food. A work-up of the tonnages and types of emergency foodstuffs required—not just abstract “money” terms—is under preparation for the Schiller Institute for international discussion.

It is this “new paradigm” discussion process, exemplified in the food question, but also in other ways, manifest in the April 25-26 Schiller weekend, that is part of the target for attempted obliteration by the frantic British intelligence campaign now underway to demonize China, Russia, Iran and take down the U.S. Presidency. Each hour brings new extremes condemning China for lying and worse, not because of anything China has done or not done, but because time has run out for those behind the dead geopolitical/monetarist system.

Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell gave a press conference trying to again pitch his “We will use every tool to save you,” while Americans look on in growing anger at the obvious instantaneous bail-out of any Wall Street bum, but everyday essential businesses and livelihoods are crushed.