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Posted 06 August 2017 - 04:02 PM



“Folks, our nation’s hen houses are on the attack. If we don’t act now, it’s no more fried egg and cheese biscuits for us. No more fried chicken. No more chicken noodle soup. No more Wendy’s Spicy Chicken sandwiches. It’s gone. All gone. As soon as these bastards get their hands on our chicken, the only thing we’ll have is either Curried Chicken or Chicken Tacos. And who eats that shit? This is America folks. If we let ISIS and illegal Mexicans get to our chickens, it’s over folks. The American dream is dead. But, I’m here to tell you folks, I’ve read on Twitter and Facebook that the best thing we can do to keep the chickens safe is guarding them with nature’s top assassin. The fox. The fox is a ruthless killer, heartless, and he’ll snuff out anyone trying to hurt our nation’s precious hens. God bless foxes, and God bless America!” said Trump. The crowd of news reporters and farmers erupted in a thunderous applause.


Exports of poultry, largely chicken and duck, are expected to swell under the terms of a May trade deal that would send more U.S. beef to China and expand Chinese poultry sales into the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently proposed a rule allowing China not only to cook, but also raise and slaughter the birds that it ships here as chicken nuggets and flash-steamed duck breasts.
President Trump has tweeted his enthusiasm about the deal, describing it as “REAL news!” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has championed it as a win for American industry, even as he promises that inspectors will stop contaminated meat from reaching U.S. consumers.
Critics are accusing the Trump administration of risking public health to open up foreign markets.
Under current regulations, China may only export cooked chicken products to the United States. And while those products can be processed and packaged in China, the birds must be raised and slaughtered in Canada, Chile or the United States
Birds sourced from a USDA-approved country, like Canada or Chile, are guaranteed to undergo the same safety checks during slaughter that they would in the United States.
But Chinese trade negotiators have consistently pushed for better access to the nearly $30 billion U.S. broiler chicken market, particularly for Chinese-raised and Chinese-slaughtered birds. As part of joint economic talks earlier this year, the United States agreed to begin receiving Chinese-raised, processed chicken “as soon as possible.”
The Department of Agriculture has since proposed a rule allowing Chinese-raised chicken into the United States, which could be finalized by the end of the year.
Beef producers have been effusive in their praise of the agreement. So have Trump administration officials, who have heralded it as proof that the president’s trade tactics work. In a statement, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called the deal “even more concrete progress” in Trump’s quest to “improve the U.S.-China relationship.”
But many food-safety experts are less sure that the deal represents a step forward, particularly if it results in a surge of Chinese chicken exports to the United States. China has experienced repeated episodes of both avian influenza and food contamination — a situation that the country’s own food safety chief admitted in December, when he told China’s National People’s Congress that there were still “deep-seated problems” in the Chinese food system.
Smart Business Or Ruthless Profiteering?
First, I cannot see any clear economic benefits of this trade for American consumers. Meat processing is a highly automated process. Add transportation time and costs, and profits from the trade are likely to be limited or eliminated -- unless there is a secret element to the trade that makes it extremely profitable.
Second, I can see many obscure costs when it comes to the quality of processed food. This is evidenced by scores of stories of people getting seriously sick or dying -- both inside and outside China -- from tainted food, medicine, and personal care items. Examples include dental paste and cold syrup mixed with poisonous chemicals, substandard baby formulas, and more.
To be fair, stories of tainted food aren't unique to China. America has its own share. But there is a clear difference here: in the US, most cases of tainted food appear to be accidental.
In China they appear to be the result of ruthless profiteering.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 01:55 PM

That's a lot of chicken

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:16 PM

If You Aren't Worried About A Trade War, You Don't Know About The Chicken Tax

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The switch to factory farming in the United States after World War II transformed chicken from a luxury food to a mass-produced commodity. Once American poultry companies had satisfied the domestic demand, they started shipping their surplus boilers and fryers across the Atlantic.

Soon, European chicken farmers were crying foul.

As the price of poultry plummeted across the newly formed Common Market, European countries established price controls. France was the first to impose tariffs on U.S. chickens, but West Germany soon followed. American chicken exports fell so precipitously that some U.S. politicians threatened to pull U.S. troops out of Europe.

Instead, the United States decided to retaliate economically.


Chicken Tax Makes Trucks Expensive and Unavailable

The Great Chicken War

The German Chancellor reported that half of his correspondence with President Kennedy was over chickens.

According to Wikipedia, the Chicken Tax is a 1963 tariff imposed by the United States on potato starch, dextrin, brandy and light trucks. It was a tit for tat response to tariffs imposed by France and West Germany on U.S. chickens. The period from 1961-1964 was actually known as the Chicken War.+

The Dutch claimed that U.S chickens were being priced below the cost of production. The Germans accused the Yanks of "fattening chicken artificially with arsenic". Tariffs were imposed, first by France and then by Germany. This resulted in a 25 percent decline in U.S. chicken exports.

The Cato Institute called it "a policy in search of a rationale" in its 2003 study, Ending the Chicken War: The Case for Abolishing the 25 Percent Truck Tariff. In this study, author Daniel J. Ikenson notes that domestic producers control "87 percent of the U.S. pickup truck market." Its only usefulness now, says Ikenson, is as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations. But since the Japanese already manufacture in the States because of the tariff, that point is virtually moot.

Especially today, when almost everyone recognizes how beneficial free trade is, the Chicken Tax is wildly unreasonable.

It is absurd that, except for light trucks, all other components of this tax have been repealed. It is also absurd that the Chicken Tax is ten times that of a normal tariff. It’s absurd that even American companies like Ford are engaging in wanton destruction to avoid this tax. And it is almost criminal that the tax on light trucks came about because of graft in the Lyndon Johnson administration.

Clearly, this tax is only useful as fodder for an absurdist comedy or a stand-up comedian. It deserves to be ridiculed for the ludicrous outrage that it is.



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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:24 PM

I suppose that's why the Colonel has been feeling the pinch lately...


'FCK': KFC issues full-page apology for 'chicken crisis'

'It’s been a hell of week, but we’re making progress, and every day more and more fresh chicken is being delivered to our restaurants'

But the chain is trying to see the funny side with an advert that has been hailed a “masterclass” in PR crisis management.

The full-page image on the back cover of the Metro newspaper shows an empty bargain bucket with the company’s logo rearranged to read “FCK”.



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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:17 PM

Which Came First, The Frozen Chicken Or The Tax On Foreign Trucks?
In this first episode of Planet Money Shorts, witness the making of an automotive juggernaut — the story of how a tax on frozen chicken wound up defining the U.S. market for trucks. With some acting help from various NPR employees (read: definitely not professional actors), it's the story of "The Chicken Tax!"

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:29 PM


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:34 PM

I try not to eat those processed products. Chicken or otherwise. It never tastes like what it's supposed to be and it always has that slimy rubbery texture to it that is quite unpleasant.

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:41 PM

Trump hints that trade war with Europe could raise taxes on imported cars
Trump has called the EU "brutal" to the U.S., although he has applauded European automakers that build cars in the U.S. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volkswagen have assembly plants in the southeast, while Volvo has a factory under construction near Charleston, South Carolina.
An import tax increase would be sure to raise European car prices. 

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