White House Plays Catch-Up on Antibiotics in Ag

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The White House is set to release today (March 27) a report called by Reuters “ambitious,” a 60-page plan to “slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance.”  While the report focuses on taking down so-called “superbug” infection rates over five years, one chunk of the report contains instructions to FDA and USDA to… Read more »

Reinvent the RFS

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Depending on whom you believe, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is either the savior of the fuel industry, key to U.S. jobs creation and will end this nation’s dependency on foreign oil, or it’s the single reason the developing world will go hungry for the next 10-15 years, while the cost of your taco shells… Read more »

McDonald’s “Antibiotics” Play Follows FDA Plan

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McDonald’s USA’s recent announcement it’s modifying its “menu sourcing initiative” to buy chicken only from farms which don’t use antibiotics important in human medicine created more of frenzy among the activist community than it did in any other quarter, including the poultry industry.  The beleaguered fast food giant’s two-year “phase-out” isn’t catastrophic to a poultry… Read more »

Putting producers first — where they belong

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Cruising through next week’s schedules for both House and Senate Agriculture Committees, I was taking in details of the Senate ag panel’s February 24 hearing on Farm Bill implementation, and was immediately struck by a something a bit “off” on the agenda.  The first witnesses from which the full committee will hear is a producer… Read more »

Truth in labeling

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I was perusing my weekly “Washington Report” from the National Chicken Council (NCC), and I came across the following:  “Antibiotic-free, Natural, Organic, Traceability Label Claims Driving Growth in Supermarket Meat Departments, Progressive Grocer Finds.”  Add “free-from” claims on “smaller portion products” and the headline says it all. The PG survey is likely spot on given… Read more »

MARC guilty until proven innocent?

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Apparently all it takes these days to get some in Congress energized is a story in the New York Times and the political support of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  Why else would four House members and six members of the Senate… Read more »

The way the system is supposed to work

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The bill was marked for a veto before it even came out of committee.  It is after all a political poke with in the eye of the Obama administration as the Republican Congress moves full speed into the 114th Congress, a legislative exercise of power and control.  However, while it was tagged “purely political” from… Read more »

It’s all about trade

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It seems these days every political agenda is all about trade as the silver bullet to jump start a lackluster U.S. economy.  When it comes to the collectively oppressed economies of some European nations, Japan and a big part of South America, the value of expanded world trade takes on even greater significance. Currently, the… Read more »

Corporate welfare “standards” are naive and anything but standard

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Starbucks, the omnipresent coffee purveyor, is the latest multinational corporation to enter an unholy alliance with an animal rights group – in this case, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) – publicly saying it has a “commitment to social responsibility standards with animal welfare as primary focus…we’re committed to working with and buying from… Read more »

All I want is…

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The universal question of the season is “so, what do you want for Christmas?”  Feel free to amend that question with Hannukah, Kwanzaa or your holiday of choice.  In any event,  I’m not one of those who demurs and says, “Don’t bother, I’ve got everything I need.”  Nope, I hit ‘em with my list, detailed… Read more »