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

#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

TRADE RECIPROCITY

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Thailand sends a lot of products to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which gives duty-free treatment to goods coming into the country. In fact, the southeast Asian nation is the second largest recipient of GSP benefits, with $3.9 billion of GSP-eligible products exported to the United States in 2016. The problem is that trade doesn’t … Read More

HOT AIR TAX?

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In looking to offset carbon emissions as a way to address climate change, EU countries have opened the door to taxing meat. That’s troubling because it’s based on dubious data and because of the impact it would have, if implemented, on global food prices. At a climate summit last November in Bonn, Germany, signatory nations to the Paris climate accord … Read More

Legislation Addresses Agricultural Labor Shortage

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There seems to be some bipartisan momentum for finally reforming our broken immigration system, and legislation introduced yesterday in the House to do that also could help address the agriculture industry’s labor shortage. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Reps. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday offered a … Read More