Britain is facing Meat-A-Geddon as the CO2 is about to run out
Rising prices and unresolved shortages might spell disaster for pork and poultry processors, as well as farmers. Brace yourself, Jezza!
The importance of CO2
Carbon dioxide might be seen as a foe in our current battle with climate change, but it is an important component of meat processing factories and without it, work could grind to a hold. Some prominent factories raised their voice today as they were just five days away from running out of CO2, which meant complete production halt.
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Carbon dioxide is used to stun the animals, before ending their lives. Being slaughtered while high on CO2 may sound humane, it's literally a gas chamber that starves the animals from oxygen, before putting them down. It also helps to extend the shelf-life of the meat. A meat production without CO2 has become nearly impossible in this day and age.
This might disappear soon. Credit: Hannah McKay
If COVID didn't have enough of an economic impact, then Brexit is here to makes things even tougher. With carbon dioxide prises going up, several domestic suppliers had to shut down their fertiliser factories, which are the main source of CO2 gas for the meat industry. Of course, all of this comes from the severe shortage of truck drivers. This will also affect the fizzy drinks industry, but the hit may be especially hard for the farmers.
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The animals have to stay on the farm, they'll cause the farmers huge animal welfare problems and British pork and British poultry may soon disappear off the store shelves. And if you're producing lamb like Jeremy Clarkson, this means missing a full lambing season profits and adding more animals to expand your current bills. A devastating scenario for any farmer who's counting on those money to make ends meet.
It's already happening in places, especially with poultry. Credit: Farming UK