Agroterrorism? We could just as well have a Chief Gambling Officer to create programs to cope with casinoterrorism.
By placing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas instead, the Department of Homeland Security will be placing agricultural disease pathogens right next to the plants and animals they are adapted to infect.
Using his own standards, we could accuse Congressman Adrian Smith of proposing a government takeover of health care for animals. When it comes to health care for human beings, however, Smith says that he’s against it.
Boxer’s amendment would have required a full and balanced assessment of the impact of climate change legislation on agriculture, forestry and fishing, including both the cost of the adjustments provoked by the legislation, and the costs associated with rapid climate change itself that could be avoided through the implementation of climate change legislation.
Do we have a right to cheap meat and milk? Shouldn’t we consumers bear some of the cost of a world with fewer antibiotic-resistant disease organisms?
The Nunes Amendment would have taken the Marine Fisheries opinion, which was crafted through long deliberation including two scientific peer review boards, and replaced it with a move founded completely upon political considerations. That’s an approach that agriculture in California has taken for a long time, ignoring scientific warnings about the unsustainable nature of crop irrigation there, for the sake of short-term, local benefit for a small number of influential constituents
The message underlying the opinion from the National Marine Fisheries Service is that California’s agricultural boom has come at the expense of the state’s natural resources and the people who depend economically upon them.
The ingredients of the Bhopal disaster are present not just at one chemical facility in West Virginia, but in the industrial agricultural system all across the USA.
If Tom Coburn doesn’t know about the problems caused by the immense expansion and concentration of swine in the American Midwest over the last generation, then he has been working in Washington D.C. for too long.
Local Harvest is a site that allows people to search for markets that emphasize local food, and for farmers and food artisans who sell directly to people who intend to eat their food.
If the Secretary of Agriculture can’t even organize the planting of a vegetable garden, then how can he reasonably lead an organization with responsibility for an entire nation’s food policy?