Cow Fart Myths and U.S. to Block Cotton Tomatoes from China
**North American Meat Institute president Julie Anna Potts says despite an OSHA citation related to COVID-19, the first priority of U.S. meat companies is the safety of the employees in their facilities.
Last week, according to agweb.com, OSHA cited Smithfield
Foods for failing to protect employees from the coronavirus, making it the first major U.S. meatpacker to face a fine after outbreaks at slaughterhouses infected thousands of workers.
**Cows farts are not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. In fact, according to University of California-Davis air quality specialist, Frank Mitloehner, animal agriculture is actually climate neutral.
For one, he says methane has a lifespan of only 10 years in the atmosphere instead of 1,000 years like CO2.
And, Mitloehner says talk the U.S. will have to continue growing beef and dairy herds to keep up with growing demand, ignores the fact that U.S. cattle industries have, in the past 70 years, reduced herd size nearly 64% while producing 60% more.
**The U.S. will block imports of cotton and tomato products from western China's Xinjiang region over allegations they are produced with forced labor.
That’s the word from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who say the actions are expected to include five other import bans involving forced labor in a move likely to stoke tensions between the U.S. and China.