WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., recently released the following statement on the third delay of USDA’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule:
We are outraged that USDA has delayed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule for a third time. This is not regulation for regulation’s sake. This rule has already undergone over 10 years of public process and debate.
During USDA’s most recent public comment period on this rule, USDA asked commenters to choose one of four options: implement, suspend, delay or withdraw the rule. By USDA’s own admission, over 40,000 of the 47,000 total commenters supported implementing the rule immediately. Only one commenter suggested the rule should be delayed — yet, that is the option that USDA is moving forward with.
It is overwhelmingly clear that consumers expect high welfare standards for animals raised under organic practices. It is also clear that organic farmers need clarity and a level playing field. We should be doing everything we can to preserve integrity in the organic label, not jeopardizing consumer confidence by refusing to let OLPP take effect. We urge USDA to listen to the public and implement the rule immediately.
— The Offices of:
U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, Peter DeFazio and Ron Kind
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