Stop the videos!!!

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It baffles me how B List animal rights groups like Mercy for Animals (MFA) still find farms where they can shoot “undercover” video exposing bad behavior. The latest small screen debut was shot on a “family farm” in the Southwest in August and released this month.  It’s supremely frustrating given how many speakers have showed… Read more »

Climate Change Corporate Challenge

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Anyone who’s been on the planet longer than 15 or 20 years can’t deny the weather of the last few years has been odd, and in some cases, a little scary.  Droughts are more widespread and last longer; some parts of the country seem to be constantly underwater.  This summer, at least in Washington, DC,… Read more »

Food Companies should be more like circuses

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Meat processing companies, grocery store chains and restaurants – whether white table cloth or fast food – take note of the recent one-two punch dealt the animal rights movement by non-ag companies with the backbone to stand up to intimidation and corporate blackmail. I’m talking about the vindication of – and $15.75 million payment to… Read more »

Pre-election politics as usual

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Anyone hoping or praying that in this midterm election year Congress will hold back the partisanship bickering until much later in the summer need only scan the headlines around the big issues pending to know those hopes and prayers are for naught. During this run-up to the November elections, the partisan sniping and delaying tactics… Read more »

Organics exposed!

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I’ve used this space over time to rail against the organic industry for two things. First, I have a serious beef with the lack of full marketing disclosure when it comes to the assumed or alleged health and safety benefits or organic foods. Second, I’ve got a problem with any product or service which touts… Read more »

The summer schedule

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It’s the last day of the congressional “spring break,” and Congress returns Monday/Tuesday for more shenanigans. Given it’s an election year, with a lame duck President, I’m guessing there isn’t going to a lot of substantive progress in the remaining days of this session. A lot of you are thinking, “Hey, it’s only April, there’s… Read more »

Kangaroo courts are coming…

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My opinion since moving to Washington, DC – where you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a law school graduate – is the world has enough lawyers.  However, there are times when lawyers are welcome because they’re very necessary.  Today there’s an animal rights initiative just getting legs and its success or failure will… Read more »

Corporate common sense

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They’re either signs of the Apocalypse or there is hope for fact-based, risk-based decision making in the retail end of the food chain. Anyone whose read this space over time knows one of my biggest beefs is big retailers who make truly inane, almost anti-producer public relations decisions based on activist rants, demands and threats…. Read more »

Biotech – Good, bad?

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This is a week filled with the regulatory and public schizophrenia over biotechnology. Lawmakers at a House Appropriations Committee hearing hammered regulators on when/how USDA is going to speed up the process of “deregulating” genetically modified (GM) plant traits so that new varieties designed to withstand drought, disease, pests, etc. can be moved into farmers’… Read more »

To PAC or not to PAC

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Given we’re about midway through the current two-year election cycle and it’s about seven months from the midterm congressional elections, I’m going to steal and modify an old business management axiom on whether a company or association should have a political action committee (PAC). It goes like this: If you’ve got a PAC, get rid… Read more »