Pork Producers Missing ‘Single Greatest Sales Opportunity’ in China Due to Trade Dispute

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“It has been estimated that China will lose more pork [as a result of African swine fever] than the United States produces.” That estimate is according to Dr. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University. China is the largest consumer of pork in the world. However, its swine herd has been ravaged by ASF, significantly reducing domestic production and … Read More

HOW CAN THE U.S. GET GENE EDITING SO RIGHT FOR PLANTS AND SO WRONG FOR ANIMALS?

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HOTH was delighted to see the USDA’s announcement this week that they are taking a commonsense, pro-farmer approach to regulating gene editing in plants.   Pork producers are very excited about the potential offered by gene editing, and—at least for those who also grow crops—this means that precisely edited plants like corn and soybeans will soon be available that will be … Read More

WAPO Gets it Wrong on Pork Inspection

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HOTH was disappointed to read a Washington Post story this week on a new pork inspection system under USDA consideration. The new system, one that has been tested and scrutinized for years, is designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the federal inspection process and to provide more flexibility for adopting new food-safety technologies. Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of … Read More

Agriculture is the Solution, Not the Problem

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The recently released EAT Lancet report outlines a worldwide call-to-action boasting “Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems,” while offering no truly sustainable options. The report was called “dubious” and “irresponsible,” and HOTH agrees. Driven in large part by European organizations, the report lacked a foundation in sound science and reflects a growing disconnect between the United States and Europe on … Read More

Pork Purchases Help American Farmers, Needy

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The Washington Post started the New Year off with a misinformed bang with this headline: “Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says.” HOTH takes issue with the paper’s characterization of USDA’s purchases of pork as bailouts and with its criticism of meatpacker JBS. Every year, the Agriculture Department buys farm commodities for various food-assistance programs. … Read More

California’s Prop. 12 Fatally Flawed

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The economic fate of farmers and some consumers in California – and even in other states – could be determined Nov. 6 when the state’s voters go to the polls. A ballot initiative being pushed by animal-rights groups to ban the sale in the state of pork produced from hogs born to sows housed in individual pens, or gestation stalls … Read More

#PUTBACONONIT!

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Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), a Berkeley, Calif.-based group that works for “total animal liberation” and “species equality,” this Friday is set to protest at The Spotted Pig, a New York City restaurant that “celebrates all things pork.” As part of its demonstration, members will take to Twitter, using the hashtags HumanePorkIsALie and ItsNotFoodItsViolence. HOTH suggests a polite reply: #PutBaconOnIt! DxE has conducted a … Read More

PLAY TO GET PAID

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The Guardian, a left-of-center U.K. newspaper, is publishing a series titled Animals Farmed to examine “the global impact of intensive farming practices and exploring sustainable solutions.” The articles so far have been highly critical of America’s modern farm animal production methods, even intimating that U.S. meat isn’t safe. The U.S. livestock industry has responded, taking The Guardian to task for … Read More

LIVESTOCK TRUCKERS NEED RELIEF FROM DRIVING RULES

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Congress approves legislation, and, generally, the public knows what it would do. But the regulations that implement our laws can make one’s eyes glaze over – and cause real problems for those who must comply with them. Such is the case with a federal rule mandating that truckers replace the simple and inexpensive paper driving logs they’ve used for decades … Read More

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY WANTS SEPARATE IMMIGRATION BILL FOR FARMS

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week gave a boost to a bill that would help address the farm labor shortage. The secretary called for separate immigration legislation for agriculture. “The people who come to America to work on farms and ranches are not taking jobs from Americans. They are not the ones putting a burden on the criminal justice system … Read More