Over 6,500 workers at meat processing plants have been sickened or are in isolation due to COVID-19. Smithfield, JBS, Tyson Foods and Cargill have halted operations at 22 slaughterhouses and processing plants in North America. But with President Trump’s new executive order, these plants are being forced to stay (at least partially) open. While the meat industry is expected to lose $13.6 Billion dollars due to closures, workers on the front lines say it is not worth the health risk. However, many are scared to speak up out of fear of losing their jobs. How will this pandemic affect meat production in the future?
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