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Tom Vilsack's Advice for Joe Biden in the 2020 Election

Tom Vilsack, former Iowa Governor and President Obama's Secretary of Agriculture, has been an important voice in VP Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. In an interview with Ian Bremmer for GZERO World, Vilsack shares some of the conversations he's had with Biden about the importance of the rural vote and caring about issues that impact the heartland. He also discusses the need for empathy at a time when so many Americans are suffering, and his take on why President Trump hasn't expressed much of that sentiment.

Should Americans Prepare for Meat Shortages?

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joins GZERO World to discuss the food supply chain crisis and why it's so hard to get meat processing up and running at full capacity right now. But he assures us that there won't likely be a noticeable shortage for consumers. A bigger concern, he says, is addressing growing food insecurity among the unemployed and poor families badly impacted by the pandemic. He recommends expanding access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for more Americans to offset the crisis, and so more unemployed workers will be able to buy food.

America’s Meat Supply Crisis

With just a few companies controlling the vast majority of beef, pork and poultry processing in the US, the nation's meat supply chain was already vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the system and threatens to disrupt the entire industry, from farmers to processing plants to grocery store shelves.

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Podcast: America’s Meat Supply Crisis with Tom Vilsack

With just a few companies controlling the vast majority of beef, pork and poultry processing in the US, the nation's meat supply chain was already vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the system and threatens to disrupt the entire industry, from farmers to processing plants to grocery store shelves.

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