Should Corporate Agribusiness Lobbyists and Money Drive Organic Policy?

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) &
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Source:USDA

在参议院农业,营养和林业委员会的牛肉,猪肉,土耳其和鸡蛋行业中最大的贸易协会的代表。他们告诉帕特·罗伯茨主席(R-KS),并排名少数群体黛比稳定(D-MI),如果他们被邀请参加,那么将被邀请参加。

Representatives from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, United Egg Producers (UEP), National Pork Producers Council, US Cattlemen’s Association and the National Turkey Federation were all singing out of the same hymnal (and the elected representatives present joined in perfect harmony).

所有这些爱情鸟都在挑战?齐声,他们的消息是:

  1. 阻止任何有意义的转基因标签的尝试
  1. 免除畜牧产品,粮食委员会的转基因生物,从任何未来可能的标签要求
  1. 阻止政府努力为市场中的家庭农民实施保护(谷物检验,包装商和畜牧业管理或GIPSA)
  1. 强迫EPA在环境保护方面放弃农民的挑选
  1. 在拟议的美国农业部有机动物福利规则中听说,举行强烈抗议。与这些规则一样弱,它们仍然100%不可接受(即使是每鸡肉1.5-2平方英尺的贫血要求对于工厂农场运营商来说太多了)

所以底线是:谁应该影响这个国家所有食品生产的法律,以及有机行业的规则?

真正的有机从业者(以及他们的专业客户),与国家有机标准委员会合作(由国会设立给兽医有机材料和规则制作),或者在每个派对中的企业游说者和强大的国会代表在他们购买的人中?

来自证词的一些高点包括:

  • 在这个国家有一亿只鸟类在这个国家生产鸡蛋,他们现在是30%的笼子。那些无笼的鸟类(1500万)的一半正在生产有机卵[主要是限制]。
  • By 2030, 60% will be cage-free (based on demands from food service).
  • 在实施有机动物福利的任何新规则之前,该行业目击者呼吁美国农业部的“更好的经济分析”。
  • 门廊禽类系统(solid floor structures with roofs) protect birds from exposure to Salmonella and Avian Influenza [It should be noted that the largest outbreaks in this country have been tied to giant concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), not to family-scale farms that let their birds outdoors].
  • 1亿美元投资于建筑巨头”organic” structures with porches even though the law clearly states birds must have access to the “outdoors.” It was stated that land would be expensive to actually provide birds with outdoor access.
  • Many organic egg companies will exit the industry and there will be a shortage if the rules are enacted [I say, “don’t let the door swing and hit you in the ass on your way out, thank you very much” — if some giant companies switch some of their houses back to conventional production, the marketplace will create incentives for more moderate operations to meet consumer demand].
  • The powerful committee chairman, Mr. Roberts of Kansas, in a feeble attempt at humor, ridiculed the need for enhanced animal welfare standards for poultry by suggesting that the rules would require a “big yard” [again, we’re talking just 1 or 2 square feet for chickens, unlike in Europe where organic producers must provide 43 square feet], and he suggested that maybe the rule should require piping and music by Mozart.

Cornucopia工作人员将继续要求保护有机农民,消费者和牲畜的法律。为了让您的声音听到,请通过访问向USDA提交评论:https://www.corchucopia.org/usdas-proposed-animal-welfare-rule//

与此同时,有机消费者和批发买家可以采取the law into their own hands通过访问Cornucop乐动体育官方下载ia Institute的有机蛋报告和记分卡。请通过奖励这个行业的真正英雄和通过采购最高质量,正宗的有机蛋:https://www.corchucopia.org/scrambled-eggs-eparating-factory-farm-egg-procuction-from-authentic-organic-agriculture/

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