Joni Ernst: I'll stand up for Iowa in war against meat
Jaci Smith, Globe Gazette (IA)
Apr 27, 2021
Like so many Iowans, I was born and raised on a rural family farm, where we made our living raising livestock and crops. The work was tough – and not always pretty – but my family took extraordinary pride in the work we did and the hogs and crops we raised, as do so many Iowa families, farmers, and ranchers.
Our farms help raise an estimated 23 million hogs, 4 million cattle, and nearly 1 million beef cows, according to a 2019 Agricultural Economic Contribution Study. In total, our pork, beef, lamb, poultry, and fish production generate almost $29 billion in crop and livestock sales, with 30% of Iowans employed by agriculture or agriculture-related industries, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2017 Census of Agriculture. Farming and ranching is not only critical to our jobs, our economy, our culture, and our way of life here in Iowa – it’s in our DNA.
So, when I hear calls from the liberal Left—everyone from out-of-touch politicians to Hollywood elites—encouraging people to ban meat and the quality agriculture products we produce here in Iowa, it makes me sizzle. First, under the Obama-Biden Administration, it was “Meatless Mondays.” Then, it was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal—which seeks to drastically reduce the consumption of meat. Now, it’s the Biden Administration, who campaigned on continuing the Left’s “War on Meat” at the expense of Iowa’s and America’s hardworking farmers and producers.
Monday’s are tough enough. We don’t need Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and President Biden making them meatless, too!
That’s why, this week, I introduced the TASTEE Act – or the Telling Agencies to Stop Tweaking What Employees Eat Act of 2021. This bill is simple and straightforward: