Here are links to my first column for Feedstuffs from last week:
by Jesse Bussard
It seems like every time I look at the latest agricultural news, another state is proposing an “ag gag” bill.
You may have even heard about the recent passage of one such bill in Iowa. Iowa’s governor signed the bill into law, making it a crime for a person to gain fraudulent access to a farm with the intention of causing harm (Feedstuffs, March 12).
The law aims to prevent what it calls “agricultural production facility fraud” by making it a misdemeanor offense for individuals to obtain employment on farms through false or misrepresented information.
Contrary to what many believe, it does not specifically ban filming undercover video but seeks only to prevent the individuals, such as animal rights activists, who produce such videos from gaining farm employment via fraudulent means.
In addition to Iowa, ag gag bills also have been introduced in Utah, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Florida and New York. The Illinois legislation has been tabled for the time being.
And my latest Beef Producer blog post:
by Jesse Bussard
Recently the New York Times announced a contest calling all meat eaters to explain why they believe it is ethical to eat meat. At first I was intrigued by this contest, but after reading further I began to smell a rat.
What they call “a veritable murderer’s row of judges” is no less than just that.
The line-up features the father of animal rights himself, Peter Singer, along with Michael Pollan, Johnathan Safran Foer, Mark Bittman, and Andrew Light.
I find it disturbing and intentional that there is not even one representative of animal agriculture represented in this line-up. No one ever said the New York Times was fair and balanced.