The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is nearing the end of its critical review of proposed new regulations clarifying the requirement that dairy cows and other ruminants consume a meaningful amount of feed from pasture and grazing. Powerful factory farm interests opposed to the rule, who want to continue to principally confine animals in feedlot style operations, have privately met with OMB officials.
Contact the White House Don't Let Lobbyists Weaken New Organic Dairy Standards
Farmers and consumers concerned with the integrity of organic dairy farming need to contact the White House (IMMEDIATELY) and urge the President to support a strong standard governing organic livestock and dairy management practices.
The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is nearing
the end of its critical review of proposed new regulations clarifying
the requirement that dairy cows and other ruminants consume a
meaningful amount of feed from pasture and grazing. Powerful factory
farm interests opposed to the rule, who want to continue to
principally confine animals in feedlot style operations, have
privately met with OMB officials and are seeking to weaken the new rule.
In the past, USDA officials have used the excuse that they needed
tighter rules for enforcement against factory farm scofflaws -- this
has allowed the rapid rise of feedlot factory farms in organic
dairying, milking as many as 7,200 cows. These new regulations will
negate that illegitimate excuse.
The giant operations have produced so much milk with their cheaper,
suspect practices that a surplus is now driving legitimate, ethical
family farmers off their farms and out of organic dairying. A strong
new rule, coupled with promised enforcement from the Obama/Vilsack
administration at the USDA, will level the playing field and prevent
factory farms from continued cheating.
Contact the White House today and urge them to support a strong new
standard for organic dairy cows and livestock that will require
meaningful pasture and grazing. Tell them you support testimony from
The Cornucopia Institute and FOOD Farmers.
To share your view:
Call: 202-456-1111 Email: email@example.com or use this online form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Write President Obama at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
Some sample language:
I support the official comments of FOOD Farmers and The Cornucopia
Institute. We ask that you instruct the OMB to respect the 10 years of
collaborative work that has gone into clarifying strict pending
regulations for organic livestock, especially requiring pasture. Thank
you for appointing officials at the USDA who share our values in the
The decision by the administration could come within, literally,
hours or days, so please do not wait. Make sure that the farmers' and
consumers' voice is just as loud as the powerful agribusiness lobbyists
bending the ears of administration officials!
For a better understanding of the issue you can read the detailed
backgrounds, prepared by The Cornucopia Institute, that was submitted
during our meeting with the OMB Friday, January 22, 2010:
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