Regulations and Agriculture

Legislation being passed like California’s Proposition 2 that bans modern housing of livestock animals illustrates the additional challenges being faced today by production agriculture. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

"So that makes six states, California, Colorado, Oregon, Florida, Arizona, and now Maine to ban that housing that provides individual care and feeding for those pregnant females."

Todd Staples is the Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

"I think Proposition 2 is a really good example of how political science shapes policy rather than sound science."

State Swine Specialist Jodi Sterle doesn’t believe Cailfornia voters really understood what Proposition Two was all about.

"I think we have well meaning, but uneducated consumers making decisions not based on science, but based on emotions on an industry that they no longer have any contact with or understand."

Sterle says many ag producers in California are looking at exit strategies before the new regulations go into effect in 2015.

"I’ve written letters to California producers and I said welcome to Texas. You’ll find a welcoming state that fiercely defends the free enterprise system, and that wants to let science guide us."

Jess McCory grows food grade crops for Goodland Farms in Robertson County.

"We can legislate ourselves totally out of the food production business to where it’s being produced in other countries."

And most looks back into history provide valuable lessons.

"We have experienced what it’s like to be dependent on oil, other countries for our fuel, and I think it becomes very scary to become dependent on other countries for our food. If you look throughout history, societies that cannot sustain themselves do not survive."

I’m Joe Brown tracing the path our food takes from the farm to our tables, From The Ground Up.

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