I am shocked by the factors that drive agriculture policymaking at every level today. Decision makers in the public and private sectors are increasingly influenced by a cohort of activist anti-animal ag advocacy groups whose credibility should at best be questioned and at worst be dismissed absolutely. The example I discussed previously of “Starbucks” being pushed by Food & Water Watch and Organic Consumers Association to stop buying milk containing rbST is a good case study of this. Read the rest of this entry »
Published – March 2007
This is an informative article about the ongoing rbST public debate. As you will see, Mr. Halladay is outraged about a decision made by a dairy cooperative in California (CDI) to NOT accept milk from cloned cows or rbST-supplemented cows. I, too, am appalled at the decision that was made by CDI. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cahal Milmo
Published: 19 February 2007
Organic food may be no better for the environment than conventional produce and in some cases is contributing more to global warming than intensive agriculture, according to a government report. Read the full article at The Independent.
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Dr. Bauman is Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor at Cornell University. This presentation was given recently at the New York Farm Show in Syracuse, NY.
Misinformation abounds in the public discussion about the need for and the importance of agricultural biotechnologies. Much of this has been propagated by anti-biotech activist groups in an attempt to sway public opinion in order to create an anti-biotechnology viewpoint. One approach used to scare consumers has been marketing campaigns that denounce hormones like rbST in milk as being dangerous. Perceptions get twisted. Instead of being concerned about the tiger, some jump at stripes. A treacherous path forward. Read the rest of this entry »
Another week, another full page ad in the Sunday New York Times from Starbucks. How much do these go for now, $80k, $100k? (Maybe they are getting a discount because of this agreement.) This week’s version touts their relationship with the small farms from whom they purchase their beans—at a premium price, they point out. I wonder if they are aware that American dairy farmers are not getting those same premiums from the processors who supply Starbucks the milk that they are now demanding be from cows not treated with supplemental recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST). Read the rest of this entry »
Cory Meyers, DVM
Rome was not built in a day. Neither was the dairy industry. Like Rome, the dairy industry has gone through an impressive Golden Age of scientific and technological discovery and development that has significantly enhanced productivity and efficiency. Unfortunately, the parallels continue. The end of Rome began when internal strife and governmental ineptitude disintegrated the social fabric. Internal weakness and strife made the country more susceptible to attack from outside forces which perpetuated the splintering of the empire. Read the rest of this entry »