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Reason for Tyson's ad about meat shortage
kansashunter Posts: 1,917 Senior Member
I have been trying to figure out the reasoning behind Tyson foods ad that they put out. It could be greed, enticing people to buy more product at a higher price while at the same time paying less for the cattle and hogs. It could be they wanted the President to order them to stay open to keep their workers from suing. It and the news coverage has certainly helped with demand, boxed beef was up $13 Wednesday and $10 Thursday. I have not heard lately but a couple of weeks ago the estimate was the packers were making around $500 a head. This all would have happened without them placing the ad I think. Anybody have any thoughts?
Ordering the plants to stay open looks to me like throwing the workers under the bus to feed a nation. I'm not committed to this opinion and may change my mind with more information.
Loss of livestock agriculture is serious. Im not looking forward to the consequences of that at all.
Im also worried about the price of oil. I'm thinking refineries will be shut down resulting on an artificial shortange of fuel.
Anything a corporation can do to screw their employees and line the pockets of the upper management, they will do.
i just saw an add for frito-lay spouting off they just hired 3k or 30K? new employees and are getting food to those in need? Not sure how they are doing it or maybe just passing out the junk food they make?
Everyone will be affected by this virus one way or the other. The trickle down affect will be in really strong play too.
but i can tell you those in power and the big corporations and banks will come out ahead in this.
as far as the meat industry. They maybe in a world of hurt anyway with the way the "non meat" proteins are making their way into the food chain. To me i would be reading the writing on the wall, but im sure those in charge will be blind to it all. Granted the meat industry will always be there, but i think they are due for some changes and there will be some downsizing of the industry is in the future.
- Don Burt
As for increase of current market prices, there really can't be any avoiding it. It's an industry that has evolved in a way to NOT be compatible with airborne virus protocols, and change costs. I figure there's got to be elements of providing PPE for the workers, slowing down the line to the rate that people can work while wearing it, and a certain amount of hazard pay - both for the virus and the dangers of working with the added encumbrances of whatever PPE is needed. To my first paragraph - more regulation that will pave the way for our robot overlords.
"Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
― Douglas Adams
Workers' union: JBS-Worthington plant to reopen Wednesday with new safety precautions
Alot of things can be automated, but its just a matter of $$$. When those in charge (that have short sights) dont see a ROI in 1 day or so, they arent interested.
Something i thought was interesting was that BMW? was going back to some human assembly. What they found and this is probably true, so far at this time, is that robots cant wing it or adapt to changes - so far. it appears that their "special orders" throw a monkey wrench in automation. So for now, they are using humans, because they can adapt and change faster. Im sure they if someone wanted to look at all of the combonations/permutations of the various special orders, you could program it into the robots, but i for one would love to see that budget and timeline and im sure for now humans are cheaper.
what i also noticed in my time working is that upper management doesnt give a hoot about the workers. There could be issues all over, but their mindset it that "what do we pay them for?". The same could be said for upper manage too, but again, who goes there? Then when the issues becomes so big that it will affect their bonus/salary/perfromance or someone above them comes to chew them a new A$$, then they finally do something.
- Don Burt