Is Lesser-Quality Meat the Future?


Is lesser-quality meat the future for consumers?  According to an article from Christopher Leonard with the Associated Press, a lack of competition in the domestic meat market “could eventually mean lesser-quality meat on dinner tables across the United States.”

The article quotes big names in the industry including Bill Bullard with R-CALF USA and Mark Dopp with the American Meat Institute.  Bullard contends that the marketplace is broken.  Dopp tells that there is still competition amongst meatpackers.  This competition, he says, is just now at the contract level rather than the cash level.

You can read the full AP article titled “Shrinking beef market may mean poorer meat at stores” on the USA Today website.

In response to the article, Steve Foglesong with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association wrote this editorialUPDATE!  R-CALF USA has now responded to Foglesong’s editorial.  Bill Bullard’s statment is listed as a comment below the editorial in the above link.


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Haylie Shipp


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