Don't Flip My Burger, John Boehner!

Yikes! Why is Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner serving President Barack Obama a burger made of rotten meat? To find out, watch this cute yet disturbing video:

While this is merely a one-minute cartoon, the facts behind the matter are indeed quiet serious. Why? Because the recently passed House GOP budget bill calls for $61 billion in spending cuts for agricultural inspections. These cuts could increase outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, which are already prevalent. Here are the facts, via MotherJones.com:

  • $88 million slashed from meat and poultry inspection
  • 18% decrease in operations for the agency that inspects meat and poultry
  • These cuts would cost the industry $11 billion in revenue
  • $241 million cut from the food-safety budget of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • 10,000 fewer inspections of imported food (less than 1% of which is checked in the first place)
  • One out of every six Americans gets sick each year from food-borne illnesses
  • 28,000 people hospitalized and 3,000 die every year from food-borne illnesses

Despite these facts, Republicans insist on cutting federal inspectors. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), the leader behind the defunding for federal food-safety efforts, claims that America’s food is “99.99 percent safe.”

Originally submitted by volunteer editor Brandon W. Found on Food and Water Watch’s YouTube Channel.

Top Posts

+more

Take Action

+more

Save Greece and reject global austerity

What happens in Greece will impact the economic agenda in America and have ripple effects around the world. Can you donate to help launch MoveOn's emergency campaign for progress, not austerity?

Help MoveOn keep fighting

Every day MoveOn members are fighting for progressive causes that they believe in. Can you chip in to help us continue to make this great work happen for years to come?