Last week I told you about the Pew Commission's report condemning large-scale livestock farms. The report is called, Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America.
I thought it might be important for you to know the credentials of the people making these reports.
There are three people on the Pew Commission with apparent agricultural experience – Bill Niman, Dr.Fred Kirschenmann, and Dan Jackson. Mr. Niman is described as a San Francisco Bay rancher, meat processor and distributor with a focus on 'humanely raised' livestock. Today his corporate business claims to sell to 1,200 restaurants and restaurant groups.
A summary on Wikipedia alleges that Mr. Niman, having left the company, lives on a 1,000-acre ranch with his wife who is "…environmental lawyer and animal welfare activist Nicolette Hahn Niman." The Wikipedia summary states "Because Ms. Niman is a vegetarian, Bill Niman eats almost no meat."
Dan Jackson is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes and is a former president of the Western Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Dr. Frederick L. Kirschenmann has a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Chicago and manages his family's 1,800-acre certified organic farm in North Dakota. He is the Leopold Center's director and has been a member of USDA's National Organic Standards Board. He farms without using fertilizers and pesticides, according to his bio.
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Other members of the commission include Michael Blackwell, a former Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee and former Assistant surgeon General (retired) of the U.S. Public Health Service. Brother David Andrews, a lawyer and a coordinator for peace and justice of the congregation of Holy Cross and a member of the Iowa Food Policy Council.
Fedele Bauccio, a CEO with Bon Appetit Management addresses how food is grown. Dr. Marion Nestle a professor at New York University and author of a book Food Politics and What to Eat is a member of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Dr. Mary Wilson, M.D. is a leading infectious disease expert on infections in travelers and immigrants at Harvard Medical School.
I could go on, but you get an idea as to the qualifications of the commissioners.
The folks condemning large livestock farms appear to be growing impatient that no new regulations have yet to appear as a result of this report. Earlier this year the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future (CLF) said the administration and congress have exacerbated problems in the food system. Translation:
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