A massive threat to the US food supply could be hiding beneath the fur of an imported dog. Heartwater is a rickettsial disease that threatens protein food supplies by infecting and killing cattle and other ruminants.
"The headlines during COVID-19 make the packer an easy target," writes Kate Miller. "This is just the continuation of a trend 150 years running with cattlemen, and we have ramped up our efforts with keyboards in hand."
The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act of 2019 has the support of presidential candidates and could reshape how agricultural checkoffs operate, something animal rights groups see as a win.