December 19, 2013

Bruce Maiman: Farm bill amendment would hurt California farmers

If you care about consumer safety, high food standards, the humane treatment of animals, states’ rights or all of the above, you should vigorously oppose a little-known provision in the yet-to-be-passed federal farm bill called the King amendment.

The Protect Interstate Commerce Act, introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would overturn laws dealing with the manufacturing of agricultural products in dozens of states, including California’s Proposition 2, the farming standards statute overwhelmingly passed in 2008 requiring that egg-laying hens, pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal have enough room in their quarters to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs or wings and turn around freely.  Read More

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