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Where's the Cheap Beef?

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022   |   Posted By: The Atlantic

Grocery prices are rising. Meat prices are rising more than most other grocery prices. Beef prices are rising more than most other meat prices. But on the ranch, these are not prosperous times. Even as ground chuck costs more than $5 a pound at Walmart , ranchers complain that they are receiving less for their animals than it costs to feed them. Rising food prices are likely depressing President Joe Biden's softening approval numbers. The U.S. economy has added almost 5 million non-farm jobs since Inauguration Day. Yet Biden's approval rating has dropped into the mid-40s. In a recent Fox News poll, 82 percent of respondents described themselves as “extremely” or “very” concerned about the cost of living. More than scenes of chaos in Afghanistan, the numbers at the supermarket checkout may be weighing Biden down. On September 8, the White House unveiled an analysis of the problem-and an ambitious plan for action: $500 million in loan guarantees to smaller and regional beef processors. [ Annie Lowrey: The...

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