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GREEN NEW DEAL WAR ON CATTLE INDUSTRY AND SECURITY ISSUES

PURPOSE:

The creators of The Green New Deal failed to consider cause and effect relationships, basic economics, and consequences of their plan.

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Many components of "The Green New Deal" can easily be argued against and defeated by anyone who applies High School level Economics supply and demand principles to the subject matter. The cattle industry is a perfect example of something American's will never agree to give up. The industrial base is something the military can never strategically give up. When the creators of this deal decided we should ban cows to decrease CO2 emissions, and suggested we could all do without beef, did they also consider market shares, supply and demand related to the other popular products that come from cows such as (e.g. Hamburgers-impacts McDonald's global enterprise, Milk and baby food, cheese-pizza, butter, ice cream)?

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SUPPLY: The U.S. cattle industry is a multibillion dollar component of the U.S. economy, where beef value alone is $105 billion annually, and we all currently enjoy relatively low cost, high quality products [3]. Other common cattle products include: Traditional foods are yogurt, sour cream, cottage whey, cream cheese, condensed milk, fruit gelatins and puddings (like Jell-O), candies and marshmallows. Tallow-fat from cattle, is used in wax paper, crayons, margarine, paints, rubber, lubricants, candles, soaps, lipsticks, shaving cream, some cosmetics. Gelatin-protein from skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones is used in calcium products, shampoos, and cosmetics. Also Leather for wallets, purses, furniture, shoes and car upholstery. [1]

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DEMAND: When supply in the U.S. is eliminated by The Green New Deal, and American demand remains the same, foreign companies will step up to fill the void with imports (e.g. such as Canada with a million cows spread across their 11,000 dairy farms).

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RESULT: Americans will not go without essential cow product items, but rather, they will buy them from abroad.

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CONSEQUENSES:

1. Sacrificing the U.S. cattle industry, which is a multibillion dollar component of the U.S. economy, is a bad idea. This will also result in loss of tax revenue, and future deficits will likely result. Loss of taxes means less money for security programs.

2. The Green New Deal will cause a shift in the supplier of cow products, this will have the effect of transferring U.S. wealth to foreign countries, and drive the cost of cattle products up in the U.S. A cattle product foreign dependency could create a national security issue, when we can no longer afford to supply our military, or when foreign imports are not dependable, and it is too late to restore that component of the industrial base and our own supply chain.

3. Other example consequence: Food imports will be less fresh, and may introduce disease vectors, where standards are less rigorous abroad. Farmer's may go bankrupt, milk shortages for kids in school cafeterias, and pizza businesses may close where imported cheese cost is too high. May cause a mini-recession. China has pre-defined aspirations of disrupting and replacing the U.S. Global financial structures in nearly every conceivable way, and will seek to control this new U.S. foreign dependency. Certainly, China will capitalize on the market shares of the cattle industry as an opportunity to inch one step closer to their economic goals as well.

4. Bottom line, if all cows are eliminated in the U.S., other countries will breed more cattle to fill the supply and demand void, CO2 emissions won't change, but U.S. wealth and supply chain will.

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CONCLUSIONS:

An attack on the cattle industry may be tantamount to an attack on the oldest and most American industry in the U.S. The Green New Deal cannot be used to subjugate all countries of the Earth, therefore the number of cows will remain the same, where production will be shifted to foreign countries that will then offer the same products, as imports. In other words, it is safe to assume that the Green New Deal could not possibly alter American demand for cow products, and Americans will therefore demand them from abroad. It is beyond comprehension how anyone could actually conceive such a backwards idea that will eliminate the things we love to eat the most. They are so called Globalists who do not seem to understand that Globalism and modern economies are driven by supply and demand. Nor do they understand that elimination of the cattle industry will have a serious impact on our economy, safety and security. Once again the hypocritical creators of The Green New Deal have failed to consider cause and effect relationships, basic economics, and consequences. It is doubtful that the people who proposed the components of the Green New Deal could even survive living within an Amish community for a year, little lone without cattle products and other industries they desire to destroy through this deal.

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SOURCES:

1. Animal Smart. (2019). Products from Animals [Webpage]. Retrieved from

http://www.animalsmart.org/feeding-the-world/products-from-animals.

 

2. Green Party U.S. (2019). Green New Deal – Full Language [Webpage]. Retrieved from https://www.gp.org/gnd_full.

 

3. U.S. Department of Agriculture. (2019). Animal Products – Cattle & Beef – Statistics & Information [Webpage]. Retrieved from https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/animal-products/cattle-beef/statistics-information.aspx.

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