Monthly archives: August, 2015

Des Moines Register editorial: “Antibiotics make hogs fatter; humans don’t matter”

Editorial: Antibiotics make hogs fatter; humans don’t matter The Register’s editorial 10:39 a.m. CDT August 28, 2015 In 1942 the first American patient was treated with penicillin. The use of antibiotics was a major milestone in medicine and human health. Whether a soldier wounded in battle, a teenager with bacterial meningitis or a senior undergoing



Politico: “A $60 million pork kickback?”

A $60 million pork kickback? Unhappy small farmers detect a racket in a pork branding deal—and the USDA signed off on it. By Danny Vinik Pork hasn’t been "the other white meat" for years—after a 24-year run as the centerpiece of billboards and the butt of jokes, the slogan was retired in 2011 and replaced



What Aiken Said — He said there was a difference between federal leadership and federal domination.

What Aiken Said August 24, 2015 by David Moats This editorial first appeared in The Rutland Herald ($) and the Times Argus. Vermont Governor George Aiken The Republican Party was in sorry shape in 1938, two years into the second term of President Franklin Roosevelt. Voters had repudiated the Republicans in 1932 and 1936 amid



Trade pacts fail to benefit U.S. companies – CPA

San Diego Union Tribune Trade pacts fail to benefit U.S. companies Michele Nash-Hoff, author of this article, is Chair of the CPA CA Chapter. [Reposted from the San Diego Union Tribune | Michele Nash-Hoff | August 27, 2015] Promoters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement make the same promises made by promoters of past trade agreements.



Mistakes Happen – Using checkoff funds to finance NPPC lobbying is a huge mistake

No electronic or mechanical reproduction of the Farm and Food File is permitted without direct consent of the author. Farm and Food File for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 Alan Guebert Hey, mistakes happen Rare is the day any newspaper is printed without a mistake. All strive for perfection; few ever achieve it.



Harvest Public Media: Can Robots Be Meatpackers? Sorry, This Job Is Still Humans Only

Can Robots Be Meatpackers? Sorry, This Job Is Still Humans Only by Luke Runyon, Harvest Public Media Listen to this story: August 24, 2015 – 6:45am While other manufacturing industries have turned to robots and automated machinery, meatpacking hasn’t. The lack of robots in meat processing gives insight into the limits of the technology, and



NFU: Monsanto Decision to Withdraw Bid to Purchase Syngenta “Good for Family Farmers and Competitive Markets A like”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 ajerome NFU: Monsanto Decision to Withdraw Bid to Purchase Syngenta “Good for Family Farmers and Competitive Markets Alike” WASHINGTON (August 26, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said the organization was very pleased by the news that Monsanto has withdrawn its bid



Stay COOL: Keep the Country of Origin Labeling Act Intact | Commentary

August 25, 2015 RollCall Stay COOL: Keep the Country of Origin Labeling Act Intact | Commentary By Special to Roll CallPosted at 5 a.m. Aug. 25 By Joel D. Joseph Recently, the House of Representatives panicked and caved in to demands from Canada, Mexico and the World Trade Organization gutting the Country of Origin Labeling



R-CALF: Top 10 Reasons Independent U.S. Cattle Producers Support Mandatory COOL

Top 10 Reasons Independent U.S. Cattle Producers Support Mandatory COOL Billings, Mont. – Detractors of the United States’ country of origin labeling (COOL) law are reenergized as a result of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that determined that COOL violates international trade laws because it results in foreign livestock being treated differently than



China’s broiler producers challenged to be transparent — Preparing the eater to like Chinese chicken …

China’s broiler producers challenged to be transparent Written August 24, 2015 By Terrence O’Keefe Cargill executive says transparency and development of a food safety culture in broiler companies are keys to regaining consumer trust. The white feather broiler industry in China is in what Christopher Langholz, president, Cargill Animal Protein China, called “a financial and