Cost of increased regulations on animal ag

What impact will the cost of increased regulations on animal welfare have on U.S. producers and consumers? 

At the NIAA conference in Denver, Andre Williamson with the research firm Agralytic provided some answers to that question.  Williamson discussed findings from a recent Agralytic study which looked at the impact that hog housing and antimicrobial restrictions have had in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark.   

The study showed that regulations imposed by federal, state, and local governments can make domestic farmers and ranchers uncompetitive with competitors overseas and drive them out of business. Just as manufacturing and service jobs have been “offshored” to Mexico, China, South Korea, India, and other countries, the researchers concluded that excessive regulation could eventually cause animal agriculture to move offshore.  

In an interview with Brownfield, Williamson says this could lead to higher consumer prices.

AUDIO: Andre Williamson (6:39 MP3)


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