Three far-out environmental groups joined forces to issue a joint press release taking credit for causing EPA to seek pulling registration for Enlist Duo for corn. The groups used the release as a forum to rant against pesticides in general.
A Chicago Tribune journalist took their cue, running an extensive article about EPA's action. It was so biased that he didn't even mention EPA until a fourth of the way into the massive article. He spent the first several hundred words bashing pesticides.
Dow AgroSciences presented a different view, and when the facts were laid out, what EPA actually did wasn't exactly as the original press release inferred.
What this episode demonstrated was that far-left environmental groups exist. We're not talking about the Nature Conservancy or other responsible groups. We're talking about groups bent on changing agriculture forever. If every far-out group got their way, there wouldn't be any GMO food to label!
There also wouldn't be pesticides as reliable and proven safe as glyphosate. The minute any health organization anywhere in the world breathes a word of a possible link to cancer, a press release pops into every journalist's mailbox. You can bet "causes cancer" will be in the headline.
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Livestock producers have long dealt with the likes of PETA and the Humane Society for the United States. While these groups get publicity, there are hundreds of animal rights and animal welfare groups. Most are more aggressive and more extreme than PETA or HSUS. All have one thing in common- they accept donations. And many make no bones about their end goal – end animal production.
For an eye-opener, Google "animal rights groups." Here's a synopsis of five groups you may not know about.
Mercy for Animals: Their goal is clear – protect 'farmed' animals, support vegan practices and use undercover videos to make their point.
Farm Animal rights Movement or FARM: Founded in 1976, it operates out of Bethesda, Md. The original goal was promoting vegetarian diets, but now its principles indicate eliminating animals used in farming altogether.
Direct Action Everywhere or DxE: First active in 2013, they've protested against companies such as Whole Foods and Chipotle. Their stated goal is that humane treatment of farm animals isn't enough; there shouldn't be farm animals.
Justice Department (animal rights): This group is even too violent for the Animal Liberation Front. They claim successful bombings and other violent action, largely in Britain, but also in the U.S.
Last Chance for Animals: This U.S. based group began opposing pet cruelty, but branched out into opposing "factory farms." They claim legal victories, such as canceling of the bear hunting season in New Jersey in 2004 and the bust of a cock-fighting ring in Arkansas in 2007.
Why mention groups like these? Because they exist, and no amount of consumer education efforts will influence them. Consumer education efforts, often carried out by commodity groups, provide great benefit for consumers with open minds and rational judgment.
Just don't forget that there are also groups with hidden agendas, whether it's banning pesticides or freeing farm animals, that don't think rationally. It may not be a comforting thought, but as someone smarter than me once said, it's better to know your enemy than to live with your head in the sand.