This year’s Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated at the end of next month, but for American turkey farmers, this holiday may not be easy. The frantically raging new crown epidemic may interrupt the steady growth of turkey consumption in the United States over the past 50 years and impact the American holiday tradition of eating turkey.
According to a report from the Washington Post on the 20th, affected by the epidemic prevention and isolation rules under the epidemic, in the upcoming Thanksgiving Day, the family gatherings of American people will be reduced, and the consumer demand for the whole big turkey will also be reduced. As the traditional main course of Thanksgiving for Americans, the status of turkey is being shaken.
This phenomenon is not good news for American turkey farmers. According to the report, in 2,500 turkey farms in the United States, farmers are trying to forecast this year’s turkey consumption demand. Farmers worry that too many “big turkeys” will cause difficulties for themselves.
Cliff Pollard, the founder of the American meat company “Cream Co. Meats”, believes that people’s demand for turkey will change greatly this year. As the size of family gatherings has shrunk, a whole turkey is “too much” for people.
Pollard predicts that in this case, people will choose to buy part of the turkey, or directly choose other foods as the main course. However, this is not a good thing for traditional small farmers who raise turkeys.
“People may buy a processed turkey, but for traditional small farmers, it is more difficult to process the turkey into several parts,” Pollard said.
Ariane Daguin, the founder of American meat company D’Artagnan, also believes that the consumer demand for turkey will change significantly this year. Dakun said that in recent years, the popularity of small poultry has gradually increased, and this year’s new crown epidemic has exacerbated this trend. Because the scale of family gatherings has become smaller, some people will choose to eat duck or goose instead,
In addition to the shrinking consumer demand for turkey, the rise of plant-based meat consumption in the United States will also take a share of the turkey market.
According to the “Good Food Institute”, a non-profit organization that promotes such foods, since the outbreak, more and more American consumers have begun to substitute plant-based foods for meat.
In the United States, “tofurky” is a substitute for turkey meat made from soybeans. Reports revealed that there was a surge in retail orders for this food before the Thanksgiving holiday.
However, the challenges faced by American turkey farmers do not stop there.
Cliff Pollard, the founder of the American meat company “Cream Co.Meats”, believes that turkey slaughter is currently the biggest risk facing farmers. Affected by the epidemic, many meat processing plants in the United States have closed their doors or slowed their production. Some factories even directly destroy those living things that cannot be processed.
According to data from the US Department of Agriculture, the United States is the world’s largest producer and exporter of turkey, with 10% of its production sold abroad. In 1970, the average American ate 8 pounds (approximately 3.6 kg) of turkey meat, and this number has now doubled. In 2019, the domestic consumption of turkey meat in the United States reached 5.3 billion pounds (approximately 2.4 million tons), with an average per capita of 16 pounds (approximately 7.2 kilograms), and the total output value reached $4.3 billion.
However, this year’s sudden epidemic has disrupted everything.
Drew Bowman, the owner of a turkey farm in Ohio, said that in the past, the holiday was the busiest time of the year and there was a lot of work to do, but like many others, this year is full of Too much uncertainty, too much emotion.
“As a small business owner, these situations make me sleepless at night because of anxiety.” Bowman said, “For us, there are too many unknown things.”
Trump refuses to testify during the Senate impeachment trial
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 4 asked former President Trump to testify for his defense during the Senate impeachment trial. In this regard, a Trump adviser said that Trump will not attend to testify during the impeachment trial.
According to a report by the Associated Press on February 4, shortly after the Democratic Party made the request, Trump’s adviser Jason Miller denounced the trial as violating the constitution and said Trump would not attend to testify. Earlier, Trump’s lawyers submitted a document to the Senate on February 2 denying allegations of Trump’s “sedition”. On the same day, the Democratic impeachment representative of the House of Representatives submitted an 80-page briefing on the impeachment lawsuit and believed that former President Trump should be convicted.
According to the report analysis, although Democrats have no power to force Trump to participate in testimony, their purpose is to make the violence that occurred in Congress on January 6 to be recorded in history and make Trump responsible for his remarks.
The impeachment trial will begin on February 9. Trump has also become the first president in American history to be impeached twice during his term. On January 6, when the Congress was counting the electoral votes in the presidential election, Trump supporters violently stormed the Congress, killing at least five people. In his speech earlier in the day, Trump called on his supporters to “do their best” to change the outcome of the election.
According to the impeachment procedure, two-thirds of the senators in the final verdict must agree to the conviction before the impeachment can take effect.
Biden delivered his first foreign policy speech after taking office: Ready to strengthen cooperation with China
At 14:45 pm on February 4, after meeting with officials of the State Department, US President Biden delivered his first foreign policy speech after taking office. In nearly 20 minutes, Biden first emphasized: “The United States is back.” Said that the United States will work hard to restore relations with NATO allies and Japan and South Korea. On the premise of ensuring that US economic interests and intellectual property rights are fully protected, the United States is ready to strengthen cooperation with China.
Biden said that the United States and its allies are paying close attention to the situation in Myanmar, calling on the military to abandon force, release detained senior government officials as soon as possible, ensure that the rights of the Myanmar people are not violated, and restore domestic communication restrictions. Sanctions.
In addition, Biden said that U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin and Secretary of State Brinken will work together to re-examine the U.S. military strategic deployment in the world, suspend the military redeployment plan in Germany, and take measures to end the long-lasting and serious cause in Yemen as soon as possible. The military conflict between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis in a humanitarian crisis. Biden also said that the United States and Russia have just reached an agreement to extend the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” for five years to 2026. The United States is committed to effective arms control.
Biden emphasized that the new U.S. foreign policy is the domestic policy of the United States, and the essence of foreign policy is to protect the interests of the American people.
Biden turned his gun failed Obama
On January 20, Democrat Biden was sworn in as the 59th President of the United States in Washington, which also kicked off the prelude to the “turning out of chaos” that the elites of the two parties and the media under their command were expecting. On his first day in power, Biden lived up to expectations and signed 17 consecutive executive orders to liquidate Trump’s “political legacy.” Nine of them are directly related to the decisions made during Trump’s tenure, including returning to the WHO and the Paris Climate Agreement, stopping the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, and revoking the U.S.-Canada “Keystone XL” oil pipeline construction permit. In addition to these, the Biden administration is also preparing to return to the Iran nuclear agreement.
On May 8, 2018, Trump announced his withdrawal from the treaty. Now Biden has released a rare positive signal and has received universal support from all countries in the world, of course, Israel is an exception. As early as the early stage of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear agreement, Israel vigorously opposed it. During the Trump era, the White House gave Israel this “great gift”, but now Biden wants to take it back, which naturally makes Tel Aviv highly dissatisfied. Guangming.com reported on January 27 that on January 26 local time, the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Aviv Kohavey, publicly warned Biden that it would be a “wrong choice” for the United States to return to the Iran nuclear agreement, and said harshly. Said that it “has instructed the Israeli military to re-formulate its military plan against Iran.”
Kohavey is the highest general in the army, and his words are also the attitude of Netanyahu’s cabinet. Perhaps Netanyahu himself is unwilling to over-stimulate the United States, and he made Kohavey stand up. As we all know, the influence of Christian “evangelicals” and Israeli lobbying groups in the United States is extremely large, which naturally includes both houses of Congress.
According to the three-dimensional system, if Congress is constrained, the president’s road to governance will be extremely difficult. A large number of Democratic Party members and sponsors are also Jews. For example, Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg, is a Jew, and he once participated with Biden. Primary election within the party. Perhaps it was precisely because of pressure from Israel and its allies that the second-day Kohavey warned Biden, the latter turned his “gun”.
The Associated Press reported on January 27 that the Pentagon announced on the same day that the U.S. military had sent a B-52 strategic bomber to the Middle East to deter “potential aggression.” Although the Pentagon did not “name by name”, there is no doubt that the U.S. deterred The target is Iran. If Biden really cannot withstand the pressure from Tel Aviv and domestic pro-Israeli forces, the Democratic Party’s plan to return to the Iran nuclear agreement is likely to be stranded, and Obama may be disappointed this time.