[permaculture] [Fwd: [SANET-MG] Act today to stop the USDA's proposed "Naturally Raised" label]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Sun Mar 2 17:30:45 EST 2008



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Subject: [SANET-MG] Act today to stop the USDA's proposed "Naturally Raised" label
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 16:06:00 -0600
From: Crystal Powers <crystalannpowers at GMAIL.COM>
Reply-To: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group              <SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU>, 
Crystal Powers <crystalannpowers at GMAIL.COM>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU

Dear Friends,

We need to act today to stop the United States Department of Agriculture's
proposed "Naturally Raised" label. *As proposed, the label will put small
and mid-size family livestock farmers at a disadvantage by misleading
consumers.*

Write to the USDA today at this link and tell them to abandon their plans
for this label.<http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=apACUpwn9ZPPXpQOkIp5BtIOzCghYFKq>

The proposed label fails to address many of the standards consumers expect
from sustainable livestock production. As proposed, the label will allow
animals raised in large, industrial confinements to be called "Naturally
Raised."

Act today. Tell the USDA abandon this deceptive
label.<http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=%2FKlYgo0Gsu6%2Bi8Tl9wjSYtIOzCghYFKq>

Instead of this vague and deceptive label, the USDA should complete its work
meaningful labels that help family farmers and ranchers. *By acting today
you can urge the USDA to stand up to pressure from big agribusiness* and
work on labels that bring clarity - not confusion - to the marketplace.

Your efforts are deeply appreciated and do make a difference.
Thank You,
Brian Depew, Director
Rural Organizing & Outreach Program
Center for Rural Affairs

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