Monday September 21, 2020

Comment: Profit before people led to meat factory clusters

The Covid-19 breakouts show that the juggling act between public health and the health of the economy is reaching crisis point – it will boil over when schools reopen unless we get things under control now

10th August, 2020
Meat plants are at the heart of the current discussion around the spread of Covid-19

The meat business requires a strong constitution, as anyone who has seen or indeed smelled an animal being slaughtered knows, and there’s nothing pretty about the work, except perhaps the profits.

Mark-ups can be improved by using cheap labour and ensuring that all parts of the animal can be used, either for food or feed or a range of other by-products including leather. Adding value through a variety of food-processing methods – freezing,...

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