USDA has proposed new animal welfare standards for the National Organic Program that, according to the National Pork Producers Council if enacted, would be the first time such standards are codified in federal law and would present serious challenges to livestock producers. NPPC opposes the new standards, and they point out there are a number of problems with the proposed new organic animal welfare rules. Including that animal welfare is not germane to the concept of “organic.”
So NPPC is urging pork producers and others to submit by the July 13 deadline comments in opposition to the proposed organic animal welfare standards, which not only don’t add to what makes a product “organic” but could be broadened to encompass conventional livestock production. To learn more, click here.