Seguro Social denegado a muchos ancianos étnicos

November 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

El Censo de EE.UU. muestra números alarmantes de ancianos étnicos que reciben muy poca ayuda o nada por parte del Seguro Social; uno de cada seis afro-americanos, una quinta parte de latinos y casi uno de cada tres asiático americanos e isleños del Pacífico (APA por sus siglas en inglés), no pueden depender del programa nacional de pensiones de jubilación para vivir.

El reportero Paul Kleyman dijo que en el 2012, mientras que 40 millones de ancianos recibieron ayuda para su jubilación, se demostró que uno de cada 10 adultos mayores no califica para el Seguro Social, dejando a muchos sin este importante ingreso económico.

“De las aproximadamente 4 millones de personas de la tercera edad en EE.UU. que no reciben apoyo de del Seguro Social, un tercio desproporcionado son ancianos étnicos”, reportó.

Un estudio realizado en el 2011 por parte del Centro Insight reveló que en el 2009 los asiáticos jubilados de 65 años o más, recibieron $2.000 menos que el total de la población jubilada en el país. Es decir, mientras en promedio la población longeva recibía $15,443, los asiáticos recibieron $13,666.

El estudio demuestra que ancianos de las islas del Pacífico reciben beneficios aún más pequeños o en algunos casos nada. Por ejemplo, los indígenas de Hawai que tenían empleos de bajos salarios, “recibieron solamente el 44.8 por ciento del promedio de beneficios del Seguro Social del total que reciben otros ancianos en Hawai que no son nativos”.

“Las barreras del idioma conducen a una falta de conocimiento sobre el programa del Seguro Social”, escribió Meizhu Lui, autor del estudio.

Un informe sobre la jubilación latina por parte de la Universidad del Sur de California muestra otra razón por la cual muchos inmigrantes de bajos ingresos no reciben la ayuda necesaria. El trabajo agrícola es considerado “un claro ejemplo del empleo menos del mínimo donde los salarios y las contribuciones al Seguro Social para los trabajadores a menudo no se declaran”.

Kleyman dice que irónicamente, la Administración del Seguro Social ha estimado que los inmigrantes no autorizados contribuyeron con más de 12 mil millones de dólares al fondo fiduciario del programa en el 2010, más de los mil millones de dólares que el organismo dice que pagó en beneficios fraudulentos a los residentes indocumentados.

El problema que los inmigrantes indocumentados enfrentan es que trabajan con tarjetas falsas de Seguro Social y no pueden reclamar sus beneficios cuando los necesitan.

Mientras que los inmigrantes indocumentados son categóricamente inelegibles para los beneficios en EE.UU., muchos inmigrantes que residen legalmente no tienen suficientes años de trabajo documentados para cumplir los requisitos de elegibilidad.

Kleyman reveló que alrededor de la mitad de los ancianos hispanos en EE.UU. y el 80 por ciento de los asiáticos americanos mayores que no reciben apoyo del Seguro Social son ciudadanos naturalizados o inmigrantes.

La ilegibilidad para el Seguro Social es especialmente alto para los inmigrantes. Muchos de los que llegan a la edad de 50 años o más terminan con una cobertura muy baja o ninguna en absoluto, explicó Kleyman en su reportaje.

El Caucus y Centro Nacional para Ancianos Negros (NCBA) informa que muchos afro americanos ancianos tampoco califican para Seguro Social. “Han vivido desapercibidos, ya que han trabajado en roles domésticos y se les ha pagado en efectivo por su trabajo” sin contribuciones para el programa, dijo Karyne Jones, presidente y CEO de NCBA.

Jones y otros expertos encontraron que los afro americanos no reciben la ayuda del Seguro Social por diferentes razones, entre ellas “puede ser el alto nivel de encarcelamiento entre los hombres negros. A medida que se liberan en la edad avanzada, muchos terminarán con poco o nada de los beneficios del Seguro Social”.

Kleyman dice en su reportaje que la seguridad financiera para el creciente número de ancianos negros y otros ancianos étnicos es un problema inminente. El Centro Conjunto de Estudios Políticos y Económicos encontró en una encuesta que, “casi la mitad de los estadounidenses negros (46 por ciento) – y alrededor de un tercio de los estadounidenses blancos (36 por ciento) – dicen que les ‘gustaría ahorrar para la jubilación, pero que no parecen tener suficiente dinero para hacerlo’”.

El estudio de Insight reveló el porcentaje de ancianos beneficiados por el Seguro Social de acuerdo a su etnia; anglosajones 91 por ciento, afro americanos 83.6 por ciento, latinos 77.8 por ciento y asiáticos 70.1 por ciento. El estudio enfatiza que los inmigrantes, especialmente los asiáticos enfrentan problemas culturales como en el idioma y la falta de recursos para obtener información sobre los programas de Seguro Social.

El informe de Insight recalca la importancia de pasar las barreras de lenguaje y de cultura ya que muchos ancianos inmigrantes que son elegibles “dejan su dinero en la mesa” y se debe extender la ayuda para que las personas mayores puedan obtener sus beneficios necesarios.

Autoshow en Los Angeles promueve “ciberespacio” en autómoviles

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El Salón del Automóvil o Auto show de Los Ángeles se inició el miércoles en un momento en que el sector en Norteamérica empieza a volver a los niveles anteriores a la crisis de 2009 y comienza su expansión por nuevos territorios, como el “ciberespacio” en los vehículos.

La muestra californiana se inició con Connected Car Expo, una conferencia y exposición sobre la creciente interconexión entre el sector del automóvil y las telecomunicaciones, lo que sirvió para las primeras novedades del salón. La alemana Audi anunció que la berlina A3 2015, que estará a la venta en Estados Unidos en la primavera del próximo año, vendrá equipada de fábrica con servicio 4G LTE gracias al nuevo sistema Audi connect que permite el acceso a internet de alta velocidad en el vehículo.

“Ningún otro modelo en el mundo permite esta clase de conexión”, dijo Audi en Los Ángeles y señaló que la velocidad de internet será de hasta 100 Mbps.

“Con la introducción de la nueva familia A3, Audi está poniendo la tecnología más avanzada en el segmento de los compactos de lujo”, afirmó el presidente de Audi América, Scott Keogh, en un comunicado.

“La oferta de conexión 4G LTE a los conductores proporcionará la conexión disponible más rápida que existe en vehículos y mejorará de forma significativa la experiencia de ‘infotaiment’”, añadió Keogh. El internet en vehículos se está convirtiendo rápidamente en la próxima frontera del sector del automóvil. Ford ya ha señalado que espera que sus vehículos salgan de fábrica próximamente con conexión a internet de alta velocidad.

General Motors (GM), el principal fabricante de automóviles de Estados Unidos, dijo hace sólo unos días que empezará a vender a mediados de 2014 vehículos con capacidad para conectarse a internet 4G LTE en Estados Unidos y Canadá. Además de proporcionar un servicio que muchos consumidores quieren, la incorporación de internet en los automóviles puede ser una lucrativa fuente de ingresos para los fabricantes, como GM ya ha comprobado, gracias al servicio de telecomunicaciones OnStar y que le reporta centenares de millones de dólares al año.

GM planea cobrar una cuota mensual en Estados Unidos de alrededor de $20 por el servicio de internet, además de la cuota que cobra por OnStar. Para los conductores de GM que no están suscritos a OnStar, los clientes de la compañía telefónica AT&T podrán incorporar su vehículo en su cuenta para recibir internet.

Audi utilizará internet en combinación con la versión más moderna de su sistema de infotainment (la combinación de información y entretenimiento) Audi connect que incluirá la lectura de titulares de prensa, alertas de Facebook y Twitter así como el acceso a 7.000 estaciones de radio por internet, entre otros servicios.

Mientras, las principales novedades del Salón del Automóvil de Los Ángeles han sido reveladas el miércoles y hoy, los días dedicados a los medios de comunicación.

En total, los fabricantes presentarán 22 novedades mundiales y decenas de prototipos en el salón californiano, que en los últimos años ha ganado peso frente a la muestra por excelencia del sector en la región, el Salón Internacional del Automóvil de Norteamérica (NAIAS) de Detroit.

Entre las novedades que se esperan en Los Ángeles se encuentra el nuevo Jaguar F-Type, la versión cupé con techo duro del descapotable F-Type y que está basado en el prototipo C-X16.

Jaguar no es la única marca de lujo que ha reservado novedades para Los Ángeles. Porsche desvelará el todoterreno urbano compacto Mecan, Mercedes el S 65 AMG, con un motor en V12, y el superdeportivo SLS AMG GT Final Edition, mientras que Lincoln, la marca de lujo de Ford, mostrará su primer todoterreno urbano compacto, el MKC, y la marca de lujo de Nissan, Infiniti, el prototipo Q30.

JFK’s Civil Rights Legacy- 50 Years of Myth and Fact

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There’s been as much myth as fact regarding John F. Kennedy’s civil rights legacy in the more than fifty years before, during and especially after his assassination on November 22, 1963. In the days before he delivered his now famed presidential inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961, two of his principal advisors, Louis Martin and Harris Wofford, battled hard to get Kennedy to add two words “at home” to a pivotal sentence in his speech that addressed human rights. Kennedy meant the human rights fight that the U.S. waged internationally against Communism. The “at home” referred to the battle for civil rights in America. Kennedy reluctantly added the words. That reluctance typified the wariness that Kennedy had in making civil rights a centerpiece of his presidency.

The myth and fact about his civil rights legacy came jarringly together in the quip from his wife and widow Jackie Kennedy on his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, “He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights.” Jackie in the national trauma after his murder understood that Kennedy’s place in history would be even more firmly established if he were seen as the civil rights president, rather than a president who was forced under extreme duress to champion civil rights.

In the decade before he won the White House, Kennedy said almost nothing about civil rights. In 1957, as a senator he voted against the 1957 civil rights bill. His opposition has been spun two ways; one cynical, one charitable. The cynical spin is he opposed it to appease Southern Democrats because he had an eye on a presidential run in 1960. The charitable spin is that he thought the bill was too weak and ineffectual. Three years later though he ignored the angry shouts from Southern Democrats and lobbied for a forceful civil rights plank in the Democratic Party’s 1960 platform.

During the presidential campaign he publicly pledged to end segregation in federally subsidized public housing “with the stroke of a pen.” Despite a mass campaign for him to keep his promise, he foot dragged for months in signing the order. This was not hypocrisy, or racial faint heartedness. There was a brutal political calculus at work. In 1961, Southern Democrats, all staunch segregationists, had an iron grip on the House. They held 11 of 19 committee chairmanships and in the Senate two-thirds of its standing committees. Kennedy did not have anything near a governing mandate to prod, cajole, and arm twist Southern racial obstructionists in Congress following his nail bite, squeaky 1960 presidential election win over Richard Nixon. But if he had would he? The answer is probably a no. His expertise, passion, and focus then were on foreign policy, more particularly, trying to contain, if not best, the Soviet Union on everything from the nuclear arms race to influence in emerging Third World nations.

The bloody desegregation clashes at the University of Mississippi and the bloody assaults on freedom riders in Alabama, however, could not be ignored. But even here there was a hard political calculus that struggled side by side with the moral calculus. African-American voters made a major difference in his narrow election win over Nixon, aided in large part by a massive black voter shift to him in direct response to his famed phone call to Dr. Martin Luther King’s family following King’s jailing in Georgia for contempt of court stemming from a civil rights protest. Kennedy had a keen eye on the black vote and its potential to be a crucial factor in future national elections. That included his almost certain reelection bid in 1964.

The tipping point was the spectacle of women and children beaten, hosed, and gassed by brutal white cops in Birmingham in 1963. The barbarous scenes were beamed globally, that and the eloquent heart wrenching letter and appeal by Dr. King from his Birmingham jail cell propelled Kennedy to do what he had long been urged to do and deliver the definitive statement on civil rights. He did on June 11, 1963.

He piggybacked on the words and sentiments King expressed in his letter about rights, justice, inequality, and the moral and political shame and disgrace to the nation of racial bigotry. King and civil rights leaders applauded Kennedy’s words. But King also saw more political pragmatism than moral outrage in it. He quipped that he was “battling for the minds and the hearts of men in Asia and Africa.” This was probably true. Yet the equal truth was that it didn’t much matter whether Kennedy was motivated by pragmatism or idealism, crisis or conscience, he had spoken, and this marked the major turning point for the nation on civil rights.

If Kennedy had lived would he have fought hard for passage of the 1964 landmark civil rights bill, or been stonewalled by his party’s racists and forced to accept a watered down bill? An assassin’s bullet insured that that question would remain forever unanswered. Fifty years after that horrific November day in Dallas, Kennedy’s civil rights legacy is an enduring and deserved fact, despite the many myths surrounding it.

 

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent MSNBC contributor. He is an associate editor of New America Media. 

Olmos añade perspicacia a “Go For Sisters”

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Go For Sisters, un film de John Sayles, es para los espectadores un antídoto contra los thrillers de acción y grandes presupuestos; es un estudio de personaje que toma su tiempo para permitir que las estrellas, Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton y Yolanda Ross—con la participación de Héctor Elizondo y Evelina Fernández— se revelen con gran detalle sus tramas individuales y entrelazadas y sus motivaciones en escenas llenas de tensión que llevan a la película a su conclusión.

Más allá de las relaciones, la historia escrita por Sayles revela qué tan cercano a la superficie de nuestras vidas transcurre la corriente de un mundo turbulento que uno a veces debe seguir para encontrar a un familiar. El personaje de LisaGay Hamilton, la oficial encargada de libertad condicionada Bernice, se halla en una búsqueda por su hijo, Rodney, interpretado por McKinley Belcher, III, un ex soldado que perdió su camino después de regresar de la guerra.

Bernice pide ayuda a Freddy Suárez, interpretado por Edward James Olmos, un antiguo detective envuelto en el escándalo pero con gran destreza, desesperado con sus propios problemas, y a Fontayne, el personaje interpretado por Yolanda Ross, una vieja amiga quien actualmente está libre bajo libertad condicionada y que busca sobrevivir en momentos de desesperación personal y económica.

La película, que Olmos denomina como “Una de mis mejores de todos los tiempos”, se estrenó en Los Ángeles el 15 de noviembre.

Edward James Olmos en una escena de "Go for Sisters". Cortesía de Latino Print Network

Edward James Olmos en una escena de “Go for Sisters”. Cortesía de Latino Print Network

This Year, Have a Big-Poultry-Free Holiday Season

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Chicken and turkey are among the most popular and versatile foods Americans eat, but they also bring health risks to your plate.

Most factory-farmed poultry is raised with antibiotics — which leads to antibiotic resistance in humans.

Now, the USDA wants to cut the budget for poultry inspections and allow big chicken companies to police themselves. The agency also moved recently to approve imports of processed chicken from China — a country that has had major food safety debacles.

This holiday season, will the poultry you sit down to enjoy be industrially produced, processed half a world away, and full of chemicals, antibiotics, and worse?

Since there are no guarantees, you may want to avoid buying poultry produced by the companies that dominate the industry. There are big reasons to avoid their chicken and turkey.

JBS/Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, Perdue, and Sanderson slaughter and process more than half of the chicken consumed in the United States, while Butterball, Jennie-O Turkey Store, and Cargill dominate the turkey business. Their outsized operations give them significant market and lobbying power. These companies act as middlemen between farmers and consumers, and they eat up most of the profit in the supply chain.

Before you purchase the holiday turkey you’ll share with your loved ones in a few weeks, consider these four facts:

Because there are just a handful of players in the poultry market, a handful of companies call the shots — and reap large profits. For every $19 twelve-piece chicken bucket from KFC, only 25 cents goes to the farmer that raised the poultry, while less than $5 goes to the chicken processor. (KFC gets the rest.)

These large companies use unfair contracts, require expensive equipment and building upgrades, and employ other aggressive tactics to squeeze poultry farmers to produce more and more chickens and turkeys for less and less money.

The big chicken and turkey companies own everything from the chicks and poults to the feed, the trucks, the slaughter facilities, and the brand. The grower assumes all the debt associated with the operation, including the mortgages on the special buildings they have to construct to get a contract.

The farmer also shoulders the expenses of utilities and of removing waste and dead birds.

Concentrating poultry production means concentrating the amount of waste seeping off of factory farms into nearby waterways (like the Chesapeake Bay). Perdue and other big companies leave the farmers to shoulder all the responsibility for dealing with the waste.

Do you need more reasons to avoid poultry produced by these giant companies? Consider that their market power begets enormous political power — and these companies throw their weight around to make sure they can continue producing the most birds for the most profit. Plus, factory farming hurts poultry producers, consumers, and the environment.Nothing showcases the power Big Ag holds over our political leaders more than emails we at Food & Water Watch revealed last year between Martin O’Malley, the Democratic governor of Maryland and poultry giant Perdue.

These exchanges illustrated how Perdue’s profits from chicken sold in California and Michigan are being used to exert inappropriate power over Maryland’s governor through intense lobbying efforts on everything from poultry litter incineration to the environmental cases that a university law clinic engages in.

If you buy your chicken or turkey from the grocery store, chances are that you are buying a brand owned by one of the largest companies. Consider seeking out independent poultry farmers who sell direct to consumers instead.

 

Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Future of Food and Farming in America. Distributed via OtherWords.org.

COOL is Challenged in Court

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Country-of-Origin-Labeling, or COOL, requires labels on meat sold in the U.S. to clearly state where that meat comes from.

And it isn’t sitting well with some foreign countries, along with groups in the U.S. that are working to get the rule quashed.

Joe Maxwell is a livestock farmer and the vice president of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. His organization has helped form a coalition to try to keep the law in place.

As a livestock farmer, Maxwell says this should be a major concern for consumers and farmers alike, as some countries do not have health and safety rules for raising animals, and meat processing standards are lower.

“As we’ve seen recently with the USDA accepting certain country’s standards even though those standards are less than the Unites States,” Maxwell says, “clearly indicates that a consumer should have the right to know where that animal was raised, and how it was processed and how it wound up being in that meat counter.”

Maxwell says the USDA recently changed its rules allowing chickens raised in the U.S. to be sent to China to be processed and brought back here to be sold. He says if COOL is overturned, the American consumer will be kept in the dark about the origins of all meat.

Maxwell adds that the list of those working to overturn COOL include foreign countries such as Canada, and U.S. groups including the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

He says the push for cheap meat has come at a heavy price for animal welfare and for small farmers.

“The policy that we have has driven off the land over a million farmers in the last 35 to 40 years,” he points out. “It’s caged and crated and put into extreme confinement almost 9 billion animals.”

The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Organization for Competitive Markets, United Farm Workers of America, the American Grassfed Association and three independent, family-owned livestock farms filed a brief supporting the law (COOL) in a federal appeals court in Washington.

Report: First Eight Years Crucial

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After eight may be too late. A report released Monday shows that the first eight years of children’s lives affect their success throughout their lifetimes. The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in partnership with Children Now, shows that income-based disparities in development begin among infants as young as 18 months, and continue to widen as they grow older.

According to Ted Lempert, the president of Children Now, the achievement gap is basically set before kids even start kindergarten.

“If kids are starting kindergarten behind, and if they’re not reading at grade level by third grade – sure there’s exceptions – but most of those kids are not on a track to graduating high school, going to college and having a secure job,” he warned.

Nearly half of California’s youngest children now live in low-income households. The report says investing in early childhood development would help break the cycle of poverty in California.

Lempert said that by age four, children in very low-income families have heard only two words for every seven words that a higher-income child has heard.

“So what that really points to is that if every child’s going to have an equal opportunity we need to make sure that, especially, kids from low-income families are having access to other development opportunities, you know, in those early years.”

Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and advocacy at the the Casey Foundation, said that allowing parents to increase their involvement in their children’s lives can help support early-childhood education efforts at home.

“Having the flexible work schedule – it’s so important,” she declared. “Also, things like providing paid sick leave for parents could make a huge, huge difference.”

The report calls on California to invest more in quality, cost-effective early childhood development programs to help break the cycles of poverty and narrow the achievement gap.

The report is at AECF.org.

 

Diet Changes Could Aid Men With Prostate Cancer

November 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements showed changes in their cancer tissue that may help prevent disease growth and recurrence, according to a new study by UCLA researchers.

The patients who followed the regimen had lower levels of “pro-inflammatory substances” in their blood and a lower “cell cycle progression score” — a measure that is used to predict cancer recurrence — than men who ate a typical Western diet, UCLA researchers found.

The findings are important because lowering the cell cycle progression score, known as the CCP score, may help prevent prostate cancers from becoming more aggressive, according to William Aronson, the study’s lead author.

Aronson is a clinical professor of urology at UCLA and chief of urologic oncology at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

“We found that CCP scores were significantly lower in the prostate cancer in men who consumed the low-fat fish oil diet as compared to men who followed a higher-fat Western diet,” Aronson said.

“We also found that men on the low-fat fish oil diet had reduced blood levels of pro-inflammatory substances that have been associated with cancer,” Aronson said.

The study appears in the early online edition of Cancer Prevention Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death among men in the United States. It is estimated that more than 230,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and that 29,000 will die from the disease.

 

Weather Cooling Down, SoCalGas Can Help Get Your Home Ready

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Just in time for the winter season, SoCalGas is offering energy-efficient home improvements, such as weatherization and furnace repair at no cost to limited income renters and homeowners as a way to potentially lower energy bills.

Under the Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESAP) SoCalGas will send a team of contractors to the homes of qualified renters and homeowners to repair or replace furnaces and provide energy-savings home improvements such as, attic insulation, door weather-stripping and installing low flow shower heads and faucets.

The free service is offered to customers who qualify based on income guidelines or existing enrollement in programs such as Medi-Cal/Medicaid, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and WIC. Renters and homeowners must sign up online to schedule a home visit. An ESAP contractor will schedule a date for the home improvements and a follow up visit to ensure the repairs are operating correctly once he or she conducts a walk through to determine eligibility.

ESAP also offers tips to customers on ways to save on their gas bill and use less gas.

 

For more information, visit www.socalgas.com/for-your-home/assistance-programs/esap

Available energy-saving services may include:

 · Attic insulation

· Door weather-stripping

· Caulking

· Low flow shower heads and faucet aerators

· Water heater blankets

· Evaporative cooler covers and A/C covers

· Pipe insulation

· Faucet aerators

· Minor repairs to exterior doors and/or windows

· Energy education

· High-efficiency clothes washers

· Furnace and water heater repair or replacement (owner-occupied only)

 

 

Push for Preschool for CA Kids

November 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Country-of-Origin-Labeling, or COOL, requires labels on meat sold in the U.S. to clearly state where that meat comes from.

And it isn’t sitting well with some foreign countries, along with groups in the U.S. that are working to get the rule quashed.

Joe Maxwell is a livestock farmer and the vice president of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. His organization has helped form a coalition to try to keep the law in place.

As a livestock farmer, Maxwell says this should be a major concern for consumers and farmers alike, as some countries do not have health and safety rules for raising animals, and meat processing standards are lower.

“As we’ve seen recently with the USDA accepting certain country’s standards even though those standards are less than the Unites States,” Maxwell says, “clearly indicates that a consumer should have the right to know where that animal was raised, and how it was processed and how it wound up being in that meat counter.”

Maxwell says the USDA recently changed its rules allowing chickens raised in the U.S. to be sent to China to be processed and brought back here to be sold. He says if COOL is overturned, the American consumer will be kept in the dark about the origins of all meat.

Maxwell adds that the list of those working to overturn COOL include foreign countries such as Canada, and U.S. groups including the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

He says the push for cheap meat has come at a heavy price for animal welfare and for small farmers.

“The policy that we have has driven off the land over a million farmers in the last 35 to 40 years,” he points out. “It’s caged and crated and put into extreme confinement almost 9 billion animals.”

The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Organization for Competitive Markets, United Farm Workers of America, the American Grassfed Association and three independent, family-owned livestock farms filed a brief supporting the law (COOL) in a federal appeals court in Washington.

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