December 15, 2017

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office.

National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the OLPP rule’s intent, as it would improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices and labeling. NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“This is a very disappointing decision by USDA, both for American family farmers and for consumers. Currently, we have too much inconsistency in how organic certifiers apply animal welfare standards to farming and ranching operations. This, in turn, endangers the organic label’s integrity and leads to consumer confusion. The OLPP rule would have helped mitigate these concerns by standardizing organic livestock and poultry practices for the voluntary National Organic Program.

“We urge USDA to find a solution that provides certainty to family organic producers and integrity to the organic label. Family farmers, ranchers, and consumers all benefit from thorough, accurate and consistent food labeling.”


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One Comment

  • Is there absolutely NOTHING this (so-called) “administration” can do correctly? Or are we simply “expecting” too much from a denizen of the darkened “canyons” of Manhattan when it comes to the wide-open spaces and sunlight of an American farm? (just wondering…although I/we already know the answer..)
    Journalists have used the term “tone-deaf” to describe much of what has been said and done by this gang. A good example would be DT’s (not “delirium tremors” although that’s certainly applicable …) touting of his farm-labor-limiting “great wall” to farmers dependent upon the availability, resourcefulness and work ethic of immigrant labor! I “give up!” I just don’t “get it!!” Perhaps when food quadruples in price and/or becomes scarce (or unavailable at any price…) folks will “catch on.” MAGA my arse!

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