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One Planet: COVID-19 Outbreaks At JBS Meat Processing Plants

Photo by Jim Heaphy
An almost empty meat counter at a California supermarket during the pandemic

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we're discussing a Mother Jones investigation about the COVID-19 outbreak at a JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, Colorado. According to the CDC, Colorado has the most COVID-19 related deaths connected to meat processing plants. So far, seven workers have died.

In recent weeks, there have been significant outbreaks at JBS beef processing plants across the country. Outbreaks have also hit three of its five pork processing plants. Why didn't JBS and other meat processing multinationals protect its workers?


Ted Genoways, award winning journalist and author of This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm


Esther Honig, freelance journalist


Web Resources:

Mother Jones: “The Workers Are Being Sacrificed”: As Cases Mounted, Meatpacker JBS Kept People on Crowded Factory Floors

Green Bay Gazette: Meatpacking union criticizes Trump's order to reopen plants, including JBS Packerland

Denver Post: Two JBS Greeley employees say they were fired after staying home sick during coronavirus pandemic

The Washington Post: As they rushed to maintain U.S. meat supply, big processors saw plants become covid-19 hot spots, worker illnesses spike

Denver Post: Seventh JBS Greeley employee dies from COVID-19

The Washington Post: This foreign meat company got U.S. tax money. Now it wants to conquer America.


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.