General News

R-CALF USA says KSU COOL Study Conflicts with WTO Findings

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Billings, MT -- A November 2012 study released by Kansas State University (KSU) titled, "Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling: Consumer Demand Impact," claims that demand for beef has not been impacted by mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). 

However, the World Trade Organization (WTO), in its adverse COOL ruling made pursuant to complaints filed by Canada and Mexico, asserted that the U.S. COOL law seeks to incentivize the switching of demand towards U.S. products. The WTO ultimately found that COOL creates an incentive in favor of processing domestic livestock and a disincentive against imported livestock.

"The WTO clearly sided with Canada and Mexico because it found that the demand for imported cattle -- and necessarily the beef from imported cattle -- was reduced by COOL," said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. 

"This is exactly what we expected and intended COOL to do," said Bullard adding, "U.S. cattlemen expected U.S. meatpackers, which are the cattlemen's consumers, to prefer to slaughter U.S.-origin cattle to satisfy the retail customer's demand for beef that is labeled both with a USDA inspection sticker and a U.S.-origin label. 

"If the KSU study is accurate, then the WTO ruling is a sham, and vice-versa," Bullard asserted.   

Bullard said that if demand for Canadian or Mexican cattle slaughtered to produce Canadian-origin and Mexican-origin beef was unchanged due to COOL, then neither Canada nor Mexico would have filed complaints at the WTO. 

"The fact that KSU has issued an implausible study demonstrates just how much manipulative political power COOL opponents -- primarily the multinational meatpackers -- have over our land-grant universities. 

"We believe the demand for Canadian and Mexican cattle, and their resulting beef, has been reduced by COOL and we content the WTO has no authority whatsoever to undermine U.S. sovereignty by attempting to strong-arm the U.S. into repealing or modifying our COOL law," Bullard concluded. 

# # #  

R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit http://www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.  

 

R-CALF USA, Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. R-CALF USA, a national, non-profit organization, is dedicated (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

FDA Plans to Break Food Safety Promise to America

USDA's Lax Import Rules Expose US Cattle to Mad Cow Disease

Wall Street Reform Act Already Benefiting Cattle Industry

News Conference to address seizure of Herman Schumacher's home by Tyson Fresh Meats.

As Mad Cow Disease Scientist Prusiner Awarded Nat'l. Medal of Science, Group Urges USDA to Withdraw OTM Rule

Cattle Producers Could Lose Up to $89/Head if JBS Acquires Pilgrim's Pride

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments