Tell the Trump Administration Not to Undermine the Democratic Governance of Organic Food and FarmingTuesday, January 9th, 2018
USDA Should Enact the Proposed Rule Improving Enforcement of Organic Livestock and Poultry Living Conditions
Don’t Let Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Organic Label
The USDA recently announced its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (OLPP) from the National Organic Program. This move comes after successive delays by the agency and in spite of massive public comment in favor of implementing the rule.
Help protect the integrity of the public organic rulemaking process by submitting your comments decrying this unprecedented move by the USDA.
By the USDA’s own account, they received over 47,000 comments when the agency asked whether they should implement, delay, suspend, or withdraw the OLPP as submitted. Over 40,000 commenters supported the option to implement the OLPP as planned. In striking contrast, only 28 commenters supported the option to withdraw the rule (presumably representing corporate agribusiness interests).
What is at stake? The OLPP would require a set amount of outdoor space for poultry and improves some management practices for all livestock under the organic label. Most importantly, the OLPP would close a loophole allowing some factory farms to use small screened-in porches as “outdoor access” for laying hens. These industrial “organic” farms confine as many as 200,000 birds in a single building. Read Full Article »