Farm bill blitz begins

05/14/2013 12:46:00 PM
Tom Karst

Check out the Senate farm bill page, with CBO scoring and amendments passed, here:

 

Attention now moves to the House, which has markup of their legislation tomorrow:

In other news this morning, the Center for Food Safety has served up a backhanded compliment to “industry front groups,” including the Alliance for Food and Farming. In a report called “The Best Public Relations that Money Can Buy.”

 

From the report:

"Also, the largest players in the food industry know that “Big Ag” and “Big Food” have become synonymous with bad, so they are no longer credible messengers. It’s better to create a front group that claims to represent farmers or consumers, two groups that are more sympathetic to the public. Similarly, industry knows that it has little credibility when it comes to complicated matters such as science."

In my view, it’s stretches credulity to say that groups like the Environmental Working Group have more credibility in “complicated science” than the university researchers assembled by the Alliance for Food and Farming to review the issue of pesticide residues. The Center for Food Safety should not begrudge farmers, big or small, the opportunity to tell their side of the story.


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