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Is the Food Supply Chain Really Breaking? One Nonprofit Challenges Tyson's Claim

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Posted: Apr 28, 2020 2:45 PM
Is the Food Supply Chain Really Breaking? One Nonprofit Challenges Tyson's Claim

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John Tyson, the CEO of Tyson Foods, warned in a full-page ad Sunday that the “food supply chain is breaking” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Food processing plants have been forced to temporarily close in some parts of the country and that, in turn, means that “millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain,” he said.

Product supply will be limited in grocery stores while at the same time there is a food waste issue, Tyson argued.

“Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation,” he said. “Millions of animals – chickens, pigs and cattle – will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking."

But on Monday, The Counter, a “nonprofit newsroom investigating the forces shaping how and what America eats,” pushed back on those claims in a series of tweets--one of which President Trump retweeted Tuesday morning.

“There’s more to the story,” the account said.