Urgent: Taking on Big Meat

I've recently learned (thanks to a little birdie from Capitol Hill) that Tyson, Smithfield, and pals are on the rampage this morning, circulating memos and e-mails against two important livestock amendments to be offered today on the Farm Bill. These amendments -- the Grassley competition amendment and the Tester amendment -- would help make it easier for independent livestock producers to get their animals to market and would prohibit some of the discriminatory practices that the big meat packers have used to shut independent producers out. Big Meat is, unsurprisingly, very unexcited about the prospect. Tyson and Co. are rooting instead for an amendment to be offered by Senator Lincoln that would significantly weaken the good language on livestock that was added by Senator Harkin when the agriculture committee debated the bill this summer.

We can't let Big Meat win the day. These amendments will be offered today, so calls are needed immediately. Please call your Senators -- (202) 224-3121 and ask for them, or look their numbers up here -- and ask them to vote FOR the Grassley competition amendment, FOR the Tester amendment, and AGAINST the Lincoln substitute amendment. 5 minutes, right now. Let's do it.

More information is available from the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition here (.doc).


7 Responsesto “Urgent: Taking on Big Meat”

  1. Charlotte says:

    Tester *is* my senator! And I might add, probably the only one on the hill who has lost most of the fingers on one hand in a butchering accident (he was 12, I think). So all the rest of you -- call your Senators!

  2. ExPat Chef says:

    My senators have both made it clear in their comments that they are all about Big Ag. Despite my multiple requests, letters and emails. I'll be hoping for change, burned and cynical, but with a tiny glimmer of hope.

  3. Allison says:

    Smithfield has been nominated as the Jobs with Justice "Grinch of the Year". You can see the other candidates & cast yout vote at: http://www.jwj.org/grinch.html.

  4. Kim says:

    And thanks for the heads-up!

  5. demian says:

    Tester amendment failed too. Also subject to the 60 vote rule, though it only received 40 votes of support.

  6. Elanor says: