LISTEN TO THE EPISODE
In this episode, Jonathan & Michael are joined by U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie (KY 4th District) to discuss how the Covid-19 crisis has exposed systemic weaknesses in the food supply chain, and the bi-partisan PRIME Act that restores regional processor’s ability to localize the food industry.
As a national security issue, eliminating inefficiencies and international special interests out of the middle of producer and consumer relationships helps restore a high degree of regionalized self-reliance and proper state level controls.
Congressman Massie also discusses the Digital Dollar legislation and how the bills proposed are vehicles to expedite payments from the U.S. Government to constituents in a more efficient manner – but at what cost to freedom itself?
ABOUT THE PRIME ACT
The PRIME (Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption) Act to make it easier for small farms and ranches to serve consumers. The PRIME Act would give individual states freedom to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork, or lamb to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, and grocery stores.
Current law exempts custom slaughter of animals from federal inspection regulations, but only if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee use. This means that in order to sell individual cuts of locally-raised meats to consumers, farmers and ranchers must first send their animals to one of a limited number of USDA-inspected slaughterhouses. These slaughterhouses are sometimes hundreds of miles away, which adds substantial transportation cost, and also increases the chance that meat raised locally will be co-mingled with industrially-produced meat. The PRIME Act would expand the current custom exemption and allow small farms, ranches, and slaughterhouses to thrive.
Massie, a rancher, owns 50 head of cattle on his off-the-grid farm in northeast Kentucky.
Follow him on Twitter: @RepThomasMassie