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Monday, October 26, 2009

FARM INDUSTRY SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE NOT ITS PROBLEM

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Recently we posted excerpts from a new report arguing that livestock and related land use contribute to global warming more than all other factors combined. That's staggering, but don't expect the U.S. government to even think about addressing it.

"Farm Bureau" may sound rural and heartlandish, but in reality it's a multibillion-dollar trade association cum insurance company with branches in all 50 states and close ties to agribusiness giants like Archer Daniels Midland and Novartis, not to mention a few dozen farm-state senators. With clout like that, shared sacrifice clearly isn't an acceptable option, even in the service of fixing a problem that poses an enormous threat to farmers. (Global warming is projected to hit heartland states the hardest—and even small shifts in temperature can have disastrous consequences for crop yields.) And so, the lobby demanded compensation for those higher energy and chemical prices, even though they would mean only a tiny hit to farm incomes — 1 percent at most for the next nine years, according to the USDA.

And that's nothing compared to the Farm Bureau's stand on ethanol, which is equal parts non-rational and non-negotiable. Read the whole article (Mother Jones). Incidentally, the Ohio Farm Bureau is pushing Issue 2. Consider that the next time you see a commercial claiming that it's just about health and safety and crazy vegans. — Frank Lewis

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