What’s Your Beef? *
From the introduction: “The current focus on climate change and the part agriculture has to play in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions is leading to suggestions that intensive production methods – where cattle are fed largely on cereals, producing less methane – should be preferred over more traditional livestock farming. Cattle and sheep are vital for the management of our grasslands, and for centuries have shaped the appearance of our much-loved countryside.”
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USDA NOP Organic Milk *
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
From the executive summary: “The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) operates the National Organic Program (NOP) to develop, implement, and administer national standards governing the marketing of organic agricultural products and to assure consumers that such products meet consistent standards. Trade in agricultural commodities marked with USDA’s organic seal is growing rapidly—organic dairy products, in particular, have experienced average annual sales growth of over 23 percent from 2000 to 2008, and in 2010 totaled approximately $3.9 billion in sales.1 Given the economic importance of AMS’ oversight of organic agricultural commodities, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated this audit to determine whether milk marketed as organic meets NOP’s standards.
Based on our review of NOP’s national operations, as well as our reviews of certifying agents, certified organic milk producers, processors, handlers, and transporters in Texas, we found that NOP can take steps to better ensure that consumers who choose to pay a premium for organic milk are receiving the high-quality product they wish to purchase. Specifically, NOP needs to develop guidance for certifying agents regarding detection of genetically modified (GM) material, provide greater transparency in its yearly list of USDA certified organic operations, ensure certifying agents are adequately addressing milk transporter responsibilities in organic system plans, and develop guidance for certifying agents on conducting unannounced inspections.”
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Case Study of a Health Crisis *
A report for the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
About the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics
To combat entrenched practice and take on corporately backed lobbying in the industrial farming sector, three established organizations have joined forces to help focus the emerging concerns from consumers, from the health sector, medical sector, veterinary sector and farming sector, and point the way to sustainable change. Find out more and download the report here.
From the introduction: “A world without effective antibiotics is a terrifying but real prospect. Indeed, as more antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria emerge it is not a question of if, but when. A concerted effort could persuade policy-makers to act decisively to hold off this threat. The aim of the Alliance is to enable doctors, vets, farmers, retailers, health and consumer groups to work together to ‘Save Our Antibiotics’.”