Jan/Feb 2020 Stock Show Edition

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“HI. I’M THE IMPOSSIBLE BURGER.” “I’m delicious ground meat made from potato, coconut, wheat and heme. I taste like beef, look like beef and can even sizzle but I have no cholesterol. I’m all burger baby.” I almost committed a grave cattleman sin and ordered a veggie burger. Before I read the above quote on the back side of a table tent sitting at a bar and grill in Kansas City, I had no idea that the Impossible Burger wasn’t a burger at all. The front side had a big picture of what looked like a hamburger with a list of the fixings I like and had a small sticker that said “MADE FROM PLANTS.” I chuckled and thought; That’s clever

considering all beef is technically made from plants. Then, I flipped over the tent and discovered the horrifying reality that this “beef ” wasn’t beef at all. This was nothing but a highly processed product masquerading as meat, using shady marketing to trick unsuspecting consumers. After that experience, the lawyer in me was left with a question, What can a state do to protect consumers? The Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution establishes federal law as the supreme law of the land and states are prohibited from interfering with the federal government’s exercise of its constitutional powers. A federal law will “preempt” a conflicting state law because of the Supremacy


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