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At an Aug. 13 meeting of a state farm organization where he was the guest speaker, Harwood was asked what impact the recently inked beef agreement between the U.S. and Brazil would have on U.S. beef producers.

The agreement he was asked about was announced Aug. 1 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In that announcement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, “After many years of diligently working to regain access to the Brazilian market, the United States welcomes the news that Brazil has removed all barriers to U.S. beef and beef product exports.”

Why do we eat what we eat?

Many of us eat foods that are familiar, convenient, and that simply taste good, without thinking much about why we make the choices we do.

For others — myself included — there’s a constant struggle to determine what’s healthy, both for ourselves and for the planet. The dietary habits we maintain become part of our identities.

But thanks to conflicting information, evolving norms, and endless confusion about what counts as “healthy,” it’s getting harder to settle comfortably into our choices.

Almost two-thirds of Americans today — 63 percent — don’t have enough savings to cover an unexpected $500 expense. Anything from an emergency brake job to a refrigerator on the fritz could zero out their bank accounts.

Most American households, in other words, are living on the financial edge. And that suits America’s biggest bank CEOs just fine. They love to see Americans desperately juggling credit cards and checking accounts to keep bills paid.

With all that juggling, our banksters know, something will inevitably get dropped. A checking account will be slightly overdrawn. A debit card transaction will overstep a limit. And that’s when the banks start to really clean up — through overdraft fees.

 

border wall

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