When Hawaiian Ranchers want to export cattle to the continental United States, sometimes they load their cows onto jet airlines and fly them across the ocean. By weight air travel is far more expensive than shipping on an ocean going ship, so you might ask why these farmers go to the additional expense. The answer comes down to the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act. This act includes protectionist measures over domestic shipping, and results in air travel for cattle making economic sense. In this video we explore the historical arguments for the Jones Act that lead us to but cows on planes.
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Theme tune by Richard Jones.