More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has holes, and some think we would all be safer if food safety at the federal level was brought under one roof.
In the top pork producing states, many farmers are under contract with giant meatpackers like Tyson or Smithfield Foods. The packers actually own the pigs and pay the farmers to raise them. Nebraska is one of the last states to still prohibit meatpackers from owning livestock.
The Trans Pacific Partnership could boost the U.S. agriculture industry by $3 billion. Many farmers and ranchers stateside are eager to see tariffs in countries like Japan, which have been notoriously expensive export markets.