Remember that meat shortage panic? About that …

129,000 tons of pork was exported to China in April.

That’s enough to give a full pound of pork to every adult in the United States. If you’re not Jewish or Muslim, you could have had more than a pound, because they wouldn’t have wanted their shares.

So to all those workers who stayed in the meat packing plants and got COVID: China thanks you for your sacrifice.

6 thoughts on “Remember that meat shortage panic? About that …

  1. “Smithfield Foods, Inc., is a pork producer and food processing company based in Smithfield, Virginia, in the United States, and a wholly owned subsidiary of WH Group of China”
    Give that man his No prize!!!

  2. I’m shooting from hip here so can correct me but the Chinese own some decent sized pork processing plants in US and guessing they prioritizing shipping to China.

  3. My guess (as I don’t have access to NYT’s paywall) is that this is to satisfy pre-existing contracts. It’d be interesting to know if contracts are being renewed or new contracts written.

  4. I suppose this could be looked at as a success in securing America’s food supply. But the size of the overshoot suggests profit was the real motive. As any good Republican billionaire knows, the money comes first, last, and always.

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