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The War on Food Choice

 

There’s a war going on for your plate.

As American farmers and ranchers continue to make improvements to production methods, they have been accosted by a growing threat from animal rights radicals and anti-agriculture activists who are pushing new government mandates and regulations that will limit the food options available to Americans while increasing the cost of production. These actions create higher overall food costs.

In order to protect our nation’s food security, and maintain our role as the leader in the battle to end world hunger, our farmers and ranchers must be allowed to make decisions based on scientific reasoning offered by veterinarians and doctors, not emotional appeals from groups like the Humane Society of the United States.

There are some who can afford to spend more on food, but many in this country and around the world don’t have that luxury. Those involved in the “Food Elitist” movement insist on making food choices for others. But the reality is, if we wish to have any hope of producing enough food for a world population predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050, we must make sure our farmers and ranchers are able to complete this task.

 

New Regulations on Eggs and Meat

One such example is California. After wreaking havoc on the European market, cage requirements on egg-laying hens have made their way into the United States. On January 1st, 2015, California saw two laws go into effect (Proposition 2 and AB 1437) which produced similar results as seen in Europe. Prices have skyrocketed, California is experiencing an egg shortage, and working class families who consume one of the most affordable forms of protein in eggs face the burden at the supermarket.

The California regulations are so controversial and damaging to farmers both in and out of California, that several Attorneys General from at least six other states have challenged the laws in federal court; arguing that California’s anti-egg regulations violate the U.S. Constitution.

Not content just to pass these regulations in California, HSUS hatched a (unsuccessful) scheme to force these regulations on egg farmers nation-wide. They even tried to sneak this provision into the Farm Bill.

Now, HSUS is pushing similar, but more expansive, regulations in Massachusetts that will drive up the cost and reduce the availability of eggs, meat, and pork. 

 

Pressuring Food Outlets

Using their sizeable bank account, and finely-honed public persona, HSUS has pressured numerous restaurants and grocery stores to change how they source food. These organizations agree to force the family farms that supply their food to agree to HSUS’s non-scientific, and often counter productive, animal care standards. 

Not only does this create a massive hardship for the farming families that rely on this business, it drives up the cost of food for America consumers and has even led to shortages in food availability. 

HSUS has also used “share-holder” advocacy to control the animal care practices of American producers. They buy up significant shares in American food companies, and then use those shares to try to force the boards of those companies to adopt HSUS’s agenda.

It’s important to note that the animal care standards HSUS insists on do NOT improve the welfare of animals. In many cases, their mandates actually lead to higher instances of mortality through injury, predation, and disease.

 

Anti-GMO Hysteria

While animal rights activists attempt to control animal care standards and practices, anti-science alarmists have prosecuted a war against one of the most important developments in food production in history: Genetically Modified foods (often called GMOs).

GM foods are not only as safe and nutritious as organic products, they are more sustainable; using fewer resources, like land and water, to produce the greater yields we need to feed the globe’s expanding population.

Driven by the fear-mongering of individuals and organizations that profit from organic produce; countries across the globe have outlawed GM crops. Hungary burned fields of GM corn. In America, there’s a growing trend of municipalities banning the cultivation of GM crops within their jurisdiction.

Our best hope to meet the world’s growing food demands is literally being torched before our very eyes at the behest of anti-science, profiteering alarmists.