Monday COVID-19 Updates: Western Pact Welcomes New States, It's a Good Time to Go Vegan



Re. "It's a good time to be a vegan." Yeah, Tyson Foods is saying "The food supply chain is breaking." No, it's the MEAT supply chain that is breaking. The rest of us are doing just fine.

There are other reasons this pandemic should be a wakeup call for Americans to go vegan, or at least position ourselves a little more toward the plant-based end of the dietary continuum. I'll let Bill Maher explain:


Remember, Cascadia only grows by people wanting to join it, not by force.

Be the change you want to see.

Ignore SCOTUS.


@1 ALL food supplies are jeopardized. Plants like Tyson starting to shut down are just the beginning. Food is about to get really expensive in America if something isn’t done by this week.

My extended family owns farms and ranches. Guess where most the seasonal workers are for spring planting? On the other fucking side of the Mexican border. They only have HALF the workers they need. Things like potato’s are already way behind.

It was bad enough before all this with Trump xenophobia chasing away planters, pickers and processing help. Now you have a pandemic on top of it.

So guess what’s going to happen? You’re going to see this sudden silence on “The Wall” and unofficial amnesty for undocumented workers -Or- food prices are going to go way up.

Predictable bullshit like food safety and inspection will suffer as a result.

So. Have fun eating more dangerous garbage food America while you’re losing your shitty jobs with no healthcare.

I said all this in February to the Trolls in Slog who were claiming it’s just another little flu. Well. Again. If the Trump administration doesn’t act right now this country is in for a very, very hard 2021.


" On the other fucking side of the Mexican border. They only have HALF the workers they need."

So your family refuses to hire American workers and pay them living wages, with benefits, 401Ks and paid vacation?

Man, what a bunch of shits.


Great News!
Georgia's daily tally of confirmed cases has plunged steadily from 725 on April 20 to 36 today.
We'd love to chat but we'd be late getting to the theatre....


@3, your pushback is appreciated. I can see I was being a bit cavalier suggesting this was only about meat products.

I think it's fair to say, though, that the situation with meat is worse than elsewhere in the food supply, and I don't think there's any fruit or vegetable or certainly grain farming that is anywhere as close to being a coronavirus breeding ground as meat packing plants. (And there's also the factor of indoor vs. outdoor.) I get the sense that your concern is more about Trump using this crisis as an excuse to crack down on farmworkers than about the inherent danger of the work itself.


@5 - we welcome Georgia's investigative spirit as its residents offer themselves up as guinea pigs; we too strive to have our very essential bowling alleys and massage parlors re-opened. Very much looking forward to analyzing the data as it emerges. I trust that you will ensure the validity of the experiment by closing all of the roads out of the state, so that your shiny new population of disease-carriers won't kill the rest of us. Good luck, and breathe deep as you inhale the viral scent of "freedom"!


@3: Everything is now in a total 100% danger zone code red and down-right God awful beyond our wildest imaginations. Our suffering, even by hell standards, will be legendary. Be afraid, be really afraid.


@3: Or not.


@4- ha!