This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.
6:30 at the Jewish Community Center. Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.
You have to hand it to BPI (Beef Products Inc), the producer of “Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB)”—a.k.a. “pink slime.” The company deserves a prize for chutzpah (translation: outrageous audacity).
It has just filed a defamation (“veggie libel”) lawsuit for $1.2 billion (!) against an amazing cast of characters:
South Dakota, apparently, has a veggie libel law to protect companies making food products from people who say mean things about them (recall: the Texas cattlemen vs. Oprah Winfrey). Nobody has ever tested the constitutionality of veggie libel laws but I don’t know anyone who thinks they will stand up in court—free speech and all that.
BPI says the company lost 80% of its sales, a loss of $20 million per month, following news broadcasts about “pink slime.” It had to close three facilities—in Texas, Kansas, and Iowa—and fire 650 workers at those places as well as 85 others at the company’s headquarters in South Dakota.
BPI is fighting back, hard.
ABC News says, “The lawsuit is without merit. We will contest it vigorously.”
Bill Marler, the Seattle attorney who specializes in representing victims of food poisonings, has taken on this case and is representing Custer and Zirnstein.
Let the charges and countercharges begin!
This one will be almost as much fun to watch as the equally absurd legal squabbles between the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association over what to call High Fructose Corn Syrup. I’ll do a post on that next week sometime.