According to the American Meat Association (MeatAMI.com),
- Through its production and distribution linkages, the meat and poultry industry impacts firms in all 509 sectors of the U.S. economy, in every state and every congressional district in the country.
- Through direct taxes paid, these companies and their employees provide $81.2 billion in revenues to federal, state and local governments. The consumption of meat and poultry generates $2.4 billion in state sales taxes.
- The meat and poultry industry’s economic ripple effect generates $864.2 billion annually to the U.S. economy, or roughly 6% of the entire GDP.
Now, if an industry provides 6% of a country’s GDP, you can bet your bottom dollar that the government supports that industry. Politicians and the meat producers are so tight knit, it is disgusting. More on that later..