Activists deny reality, attack the messengers

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Why are some “consumer protection” groups deaf, dumb and blind to the opinions of the folks they purport to protect?  In the case of those seeking labeling of foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients, this triple affliction seems particularly severe and chronic, complicated by paranoia, petulance and an apparent compulsion to speak out of both… Read more »

Food labeling needs to be “natural”

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The issue of whether a consumer has the “right” to know if a food product contains a genetically modified (GM) ingredient by mandating GM labeling of foods is consuming a lot of newsprint and electrodes these days.  Opponents contend such a label “demonizes” a food by implying there’s something unsafe about biotech; proponents contend the… Read more »

Does WOTUS need reworking, or is it all about “legacy?”

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It’s the height of understatement to call “controversial” EPA’s rule making extending its Clean Water Act (CWA) authority – and that of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – to all “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).”  From the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) making WOTUS its number on regulatory priority, to the federal Small Business Administration… Read more »

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 »