Under current interpretations, companies have been allowed to import meat from abroad, put it through some minimal additional processing, and sell it for a higher price as a "Product of U.S.A." This puts U.S. farmers raising and processing animals domestically at a disadvantage, forcing them to compete with imported goods that are mislabeled in the market.
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service should clarify and strengthen the language in its policy book to ensure that only meats that are substantially of domestic origin may carry the "Product of U.S.A." label.
The Trump Administration has quietly nominated Scott Hutchins—who has spent over 30 years working for Dow Chemical— as USDA's chief scientist. USDA's chief scientist sets the agenda for the agency's 2.9 billion research budget.
Tell your Senator to oppose Scott Hutchins' nomination now!
Butler's Orchard, the beloved family destination in Germantown, has actively worked against a Maryland bill that would ban the use of chlorpyrifos.
Fetuses, babies, and children exposed to chlorpyrifos risk a reduced I.Q., loss of working memory, attention deficit disorder, delayed motor development, and increased risk for childhood cancers.
EPA scientists recommend a ban of chlorpyrifos because the pesticide unsafe at any detectable level. All food exposures to chlorpyrifos exceed safe levels, with children ages 1-2 exposed to levels of chlorpyrifos that are 140 times what EPA deems safe.
Urge Butler's Orchard to protect kids by supporting a ban on chlorpyrifos.
In order to address the environmental, social, human health, and economic consequences of intensive animal production, we must end our overconsumption of conventionally raised meat and poultry, and shift our diet to include more balanced proteins. We can do this by cutting our meat consumption in half, choosing sustainably raised meats, and eating more plant-based proteins.
The public just got access to the full text of the 2018 House Farm Bill. This is not a "farm bill" or even a "food bill. Instead, it's simply a wish-list for industrial agriculture and pesticide corporations. Urge your Representative to oppose this Farm Bill before it's too late.