The Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) Rule has ignited controversy from every corner of the food system. Called “too weak” by some and draconian by others, this rule will profoundly impact the market, whether or not it passes.
As quoted in Food Safety News, Cornucopia Board Chair and organic poultry producer Cameron Molberg says, “We need animal welfare improvements immediately. This rule has been 20 years in the making, and we cannot miss this opportunity.”
Make no mistake, the proposed rule will not enshrine the kind of animal welfare we find at top-rated farms from Cornucopia’s Organic Egg Scorecard. But it will create a needed foundation for improved organic animal welfare rules to come.
Most of the chickens raised for organically certified meat and eggs are crowded inside barns, looking out over mowed grass through a screen. Without this rule, this cut-rate, industrial organic production will be all that is left on grocery shelves.
Watch this video on why this rule is worth a closer look, then tell the USDA that we need animal welfare standards in organic farming. Comments are due November 10.