It’s time for a congressional “time out”

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Commentary. There’s nothing that communicates to the world the dignity of the U.S. House of Representatives like a and one-party sit-in on the House floor, in violation of chamber rules, cat-calling the Speaker and broadcasting these playground antics from various and sundry member cellphones. The scenario just described played out this week when House Speaker… Read more »

HSUS Steps in it Again

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After battling animal rightists for nearly 30 years, I should be unfazed by any action, statement or stunt such hardliners put in front of the public.  However, this week, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) offered us a major lesson in how NOT to win friends and influence people, and left me stunned. It… Read more »

Grand plans emerge

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We’re about a month out from the Great Exodus, that day when Congress “recesses” from mid-July through mid-September.  The powers that be will tell you this is all about a district/state work period and the summer recess, but be assured it’s all about congressional reelection, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia… Read more »

HSUS comes clean — sort of

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It’s time to out the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). For years, HSUS officials have dodged the question about HSUS as a vegetarian animal rights group.  The response is generally something like, “A lot of our members are meat eaters, so…”  However, in just the last couple of weeks, HSUS has essentially come out… Read more »

The cost of legacy

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The Administration has shifted into high regulatory gear as the days of the Obama Administration dwindle down.  As the revolving door begins to spin with the exit of White House appointees to private sector jobs, the final and proposed rules that have pended for years or simply been on the drawing board for as long,… Read more »

Corporate organic emerges

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I confess I’ll likely never understand the organic food industry.  With the U.S. organic market exceeding $45 billion a year – about 5% of total food sales in the U.S. – I also don’t understand the religious zeal with which organic producers trash conventional producers in order to sell product and the assumption by organic… Read more »

The shame of food waste

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The hottest “emerging” political food issue is waste.  In food-rich America, depending on which organization or group you talk with, somewhere between 30-40% of all food – 34 million tons – is “wasted,” meaning crops so unharvested, surpluses are trashed, restaurant meals half-eaten and foods purchased for the home are prematurely tossed out.  Consumer and… Read more »

Organic “welfare,” competition and the “premium”

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There is a certain delicious irony in the warning from big organic egg producers that USDA’s latest attempt to layer philosophy over reality in its recent iteration of “animal welfare” standards for organic laying hens could put the big guys out of business. I admit I’m somewhat cynical about the organic side of food production. … Read more »

The arrogance of ignorance

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This week all kinds of players have waded into the issue of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics on farms and ranches, and unless I’m missing something, it’s tough to identify any one of these very loud voices as knowing much about antibiotic use in human medicine or agriculture. The latest noise comes from a… Read more »

Sue-and-settle stinks

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As the cherry blossoms begin to fade, their sweet scent is being replaced by the first whiffs of panic among the activist gang.  Industry lobbyists pick up on the odor first, like wild animals smelling feat in cornered prey.  The panic is engendered by a reading of the calendar – there are only eight months… Read more »