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USDA hosting first ever US-China Agricultural Symposium

The first ever US-China Agricultural Symposium took place today. The Symposium where government and industry leaders from the US and China will meet to tackle export issues, to allow US Beef to be exported into the Asia Pacific region.

Minister Han Chanfu meeting with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Minister Han Chanfu meeting with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

China became the number one market for US agricultural goods in 2011. China purchasing over $20 billion in US agricultural exports. This represents to the US over 160,000 American jobs in agricultural jobs and other sectors. American agriculture represents 1 in 12 jobs in the US and provides American consumers with 86% of the food we consume.

The USDA reports that strong agricultural exports contribute to a positive US trade balance, create jobs and boost economic growth. And reports that US agriculture is currently experiencing one of its best periods in history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our producers.

Another goal of today’s meetings is to continue to strengthen bilateral trade relations and support the American brand of agriculture.

US Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack has worked with China to aggressively expand export opportunities and reduce barriers to trade, helping to push agricultural exports to record levels in 2011.

Vilsack was quoted, saying “Thanks to the productivity of American farmers, ranchers and producers, consumers in China recognize the United States as a reliable supplier of high-quality food and agricultural products. Strengthening our partnership with China’s growing market is integral to the strength of the U.S. economy in the decades ahead.”

These look like strong times for US agricultural, if talks go well we can see huge gains in exports and more jobs generated.

Group Pushes to Limit Steak Consumption

A group founded on dietary safety and health has started a new campaign against steak.  The group isn’t asking for an outright banning of steak by the FDA, but would support the idea. Jenna Smith-Johnson from the group commented that they aren’t trying to keep people from eating beef, just trying to limit its availability.

We aren’t pressing to end the consumption of all beef, not even all steaks, we’re just asking that regulators prevent the serving of Kobe beef steaks, buffalo steaks, and a few of the fattier cuts like the ribeye steak.  With the government taking on health care, we just can’t afford to keep paying the hospital costs for people that choose to eat this unhealthy.  Heart attacks, obesity, all of it are costs that those of us that don’t eat ribeyes and Kobe beef don’t want to take on

Mike Tillman of the North American Steak Producers and Ranchers (NASPAR), said that he fears this is just the beginning.

Sure, today they come after the rib roast, tomorrow it will be ground beef, the strip, filets, all of it.  This is an attack on beef plain and simple

A local Democratic Congressmen who commented only on the condition of anonymity expressed that perhaps compromise was possible:

Banning steak in restaurants just inn’t reasonable, but we could consider steak-eating and non-steak-eating seating areas so that those that don’t want to be lured by the smell of steak can eat in peace.

Jim Spellman of Steak Eaters Against Restrictions (SEAR) said, “Separating people isn’t going to make a difference, what next, we have to eat steak outside only?  Then what, a steak tax?  This is ridiculous.  They can’t keep me from eating steak – can they?  I mean, if they can keep me from eating steak, what else can they take away?”

The organization seeking to restrict the availability of certain cuts of beef, Beef Limitation Organizers of the World (BLOW), released this official statement:

BLOW does not want to limit anyone’s liberty, but we all have to share the responsibility for the health of American citizens now that we are going more and more into government health insurance systems like Medicare and Medicaid.  Obamacare has finally realized American’s right to health insurance and to make sure that right exists for all time, we must keep the population healthy.  We think that moderating the amount of beef available could significantly affect obesity and cardiac disease rates.


This article is pure fiction as are all events, comments, persons and groups mentioned within. Any semblance to actual events, comments, names or groups is purely coincidental and unintentional. No animals were harmed in the writing of the article, although it has made me really hungry. Steak, it’s what’s for dinner.