Who in the hell are they kidding? From the move, I’ve mixed feelings, but, the supposed rational is simply more bullshit coming from an administration which doesn’t even care if their lies are believable or not.
From the Washington Post …..
The nation’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government abruptly removed bacon, pork chops, pork links, ham and all other pig products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates.
The ban started with the new fiscal year last week.
The Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences:
They just don’t like the taste of pork.
“Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” asked Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau. “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years,” It also apparently got more expensive for the government to buy, although he did not provide specifics.
The National Pork Producers Council isn’t buying it. “I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, ‘No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,’” said Dave Warner, a spokesman for the Washington-based trade association, which represents the nation’s hog farmers.
“We’re going to find out how this came about and go from there,” Warner said. “We wouldn’t rule out any options to resolve this.” He said the association “is still formulating our strategy” to reverse the prison decision, which the industry first learned about Monday when the Fort Worth Star-Telegram called for comment. ……..
…. Warner said pork is healthy and economical, especially for a big buyer like the federal government. “Not to throw beef under the bus, but we cost a lot less than beef.”
“We’re nutritious,” he said. “A boneless pork chop or loin is a very healthy alternative to lots of other foods. If you compare a pork tenderloin to a rib eye steak and a boneless chicken breast, we come out pretty well.”
Fox also has a story up on this, as well.
Look, anyone buying meat these days knows all meat is high. Indeed, I have people in the grocery business, I’m told not to count on a Turkey for the holidays unless you’re willing to pay a huge price.
As far as feeding prisoners ….. well, we can’t starve them.
If it is, indeed, true, that most prisoners don’t like pork, then, I think we need to do a few studies as to why there’s such a correlation.
It’s not just bacon, give me a ham on the holidays or any day over turkey! I eat an egg and sausage sandwich every morning before I go to work! I eat ham sandwiches for lunch! <—- This is prolly why I’m not in prison! 😀
Maybe we need to do a survey of the religious preferences of the people in our prisons.
Personally, I think it’s BS. I think there’s probably some decision maker heavily invested in beef up in the administration who made this happen.
In the meantime, I can’t help but think of a Tom T. Hall song, which captures the metal of our hog farmers quite nicely.
PS ….. turns out I can’t quit blogging cold turkey!