The bill (LB 176) that would allow foreign corporations — like the Chinese-owned meatpacking company Smithfield — to own pork in Nebraska has already been approved on a first vote in the Legislature, and the second and final vote could come as early as this week.
This corporate-friendly bill would put family farmers out of business.
If the meatpackers own our livestock, corporate-raised pork will dominate our grocery store shelves. This means less care for the animal, more water pollution, and lower-quality food.(1)
LB 176 also gives the vertically-integrated corporate “factory farming” system more economic power over Nebraska’s family farmers.(2)
We must send our Senators a strong message that we want to see family farmers and our water protected.
Smithfield also recently made campaign donations to a number of Nebraska state senators who are now backing the corporate-friendly LB 176, including:(3)
- Sen. Heath Mello ($500)
- Sen. Rick Kolowski ($750)
- Sen. Patty Pansing-Brooks ($500)
- Sen. Burke Harr ($500)
If pigs go down the route of contracted ownership, then beef will be next. Raising livestock is the job of the family farmer, not Chinese-owned multi-nationals!
Help protect our family farms and our food system in Nebraska.
Tell Nebraska Senators: Stand with family farmers, not corporate pigs.
Thanks for all you do.
Jane and the Bold Nebraska team
1. “Boss Hog: The Dark Side of America’s Top Pork Producer,” RollingStone.com, 12/14/06.
2. “Opponents catch whiff of bought influence with pig packer bill,” Lincoln Journal Star, 1/20/16.
3. “Money Behind Corporate Pigs,” BoldNebraska.org, 1/20/16.