Tag Archives: AGRICULTURE

Animal Pharm

CFS report addresses use of animal drugs in livestock farming. The ongoing discussion about the use of antibiotics in farming has received renewed interest in light of recent actions by FDA and the state of California to curb routine antibiotic use.  Although recent regulatory and legislative action has focused primarily on antibiotics, other classes of … Continue Reading

Paving the Way for RNA Spray

RNA spray is touted as an alternative to GMOs. The cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops and the use of GM ingredients in foods continue to be sources of worldwide controversy.  In a recent development, Scotland has announced its intent to ban GM crop growth in its territory.  And debates continue to be waged over the future of … Continue Reading

COOL Cash Cow

USTR indicates that COOL damages are much lower than Canada and Mexico estimated. As previously covered on this blog, the U.S. government continues to develop strategies to cope with the aftermath of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements unfairly discriminate against meat imports.  Because COOL requirements are … Continue Reading

Ag-Gag Red Flag

Federal judge strikes down Idaho “Ag-Gag” law. As previously covered on this blog, several states have enacted “Ag-Gag” laws that generally seek to prevent individuals or organizations from investigating and publicizing farming conditions and practices that occur on private property.  Thus far, Utah’s and Idaho’s laws have been challenged on 1st and 14th Amendment grounds. On August … Continue Reading

COOL by Choice

Senate introduces voluntary COOL bill. As previously covered on this blog, Congress has been working to resolve the controversy surrounding country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products.  In the wake of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that mandatory COOL requirements unfairly discriminate against meat imports — and the WTO’s subsequent rejection of … Continue Reading

Another Ban Bites the Dust

Federal judge strikes down Maui County’s GM crop ban. As recently covered on this blog, various counties in Hawaii and Oregon have enacted bans on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.  Those jurisdictions have been facing legal and practical hurdles related to enforcement of the GM restrictions. On June 30, 2015, a Hawaii federal … Continue Reading

Senate Stalls

Senate still has not passed bill to repeal COOL requirements. As previously covered on this blog, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill to repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products.  The COOL requirements have long been mired in controversy, culminating in a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the … Continue Reading

GM Enforcement Woes

Enforcement woes threaten an Oregon county’s GMO ban. While much attention in the area of GM legislation has focused on Vermont’s labeling law, the fact remains that other U.S. jurisdictions have enacted laws in this area as well.  Specifically, local bans on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops have been enacted in counties in Hawaii … Continue Reading

Cooling Off

House votes to repeal COOL requirements for meat. As previously covered on this blog, U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat products have long been the subject of controversy and challenge, culminating in a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the COOL requirements violate U.S. trade obligations to Canada and Mexico.  The WTO … Continue Reading

Lights…Camera…Ag-tion

North Carolina’s recently enacted “Ag-Gag” law imposes civil consequences for interfering with private property. “Ag-Gag” legislation generally seeks to prevent individuals or organizations from investigating and publicizing farming conditions and practices that occur on private property.  Several states have introduced and enacted Ag-Gag measures to date, but Utah’s and Idaho’s laws currently face constitutional challenges on … Continue Reading

Friday Follow-Up

House Agricultural Committee votes to repeal COOL requirements. As covered on this blog earlier this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) rejected the U.S. appeal of a ruling regarding the propriety of its country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat products.  The WTO’s latest action means that its earlier ruling against the COOL requirements … Continue Reading

Un-COOL

WTO rejects U.S. appeal of COOL ruling. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented country of origin labeling (COOL) rules, requiring meat labels to indicate where animals were born, raised, and slaughtered.  Meatpacking and livestock commodity groups in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico challenged the COOL requirements via appeal to the World Trade … Continue Reading

Backing Up on Biotech

APHIS withdraws 2008 proposed rule related to the regulation of GM crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) evaluates genetically modified (GM) crops as potential plant pests under the authority of the Plant Pest Act.  On October 9, 2008, APHIS issued a proposed rule that would have expanded its authority to regulate GM … Continue Reading
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