In partnership with Farm Sanctuary, Brighter Green has released its first white paper, an analysis of the current farm bill proposal and a new vision for U.S. food and farm policy.
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Congress to Receive Animal Welfare and Environmental Recommendations in Landmark Farm Bill White Paper that Challenges Cruelty, Waste and Corruption
Groups Collaborate to Promote Sustainable Alternatives to Abuse and Irresponsible Agricultural Practices
Watkins Glen, NY and New York, NY – June 27, 2007 – For the first time in history, the concerns of animal advocates will be brought to light in explicit detail, as part of a white paper urging major revisions to the 2007 Farm Bill.
Co-published by Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, and Brighter Green, an environmental policy “think tank” organization focusing on equity, sustainability and rights, the white paper provides a comprehensive set of proposals for the federal government and Congress concerning industrial agriculture and food production. It tackles provisions in the Farm Bill that violate the Constitution, put communities at risk, and turn a blind eye to ethical, economic and environmental realities.
Farm Sanctuary President, Gene Baur, said the Farm Bill white paper illustrates the beginning of a broad coming together for environmental, animal rights and human rights organizations, all stakeholders in creating a sustainable, compassionate and economically viable future.
“This is a galvanizing time for individuals and organizations that care about the parallel issues of human rights, environmental stewardship, consumer choice, and animal protection,” Baur said. “We offer a new vision for our nation that rejects gratuitous cruelty, environmental degradation, destruction of rural communities and the human health risks that come with industrialized animal production. Our white paper brings much needed sanity to agricultural policy in the U.S., by proposing reforms that encourage compassionate, healthy, sustainable practices – while current policy promotes just the opposite.”
A big-picture approach with many practical details on reforming current farming practices, the paper addresses the multiplicity of interconnected issues, including poverty, human health and good nutrition, organic agriculture, animal well being, trade, corporate accountability, and environmental stewardship.
“With this paper, Farm Sanctuary and Brighter Green illustrate how crucial the Farm Bill is to the way we live,” said Brighter Green Executive Director, Mia MacDonald. “Current farm policy is seriously out of step with economic, political and environmental reality. It ensures a steady supply of unhealthy food heavily subsidized by tax payers and derived from environmentally destructive farming practices. Revised, the Farm Bill could help promote healthy, humane eating for all Americans. It could also ensure healthy communities, conservation of habitat and wildlife, and animal welfare. These goals are within reach. Together, we can help our government get its priorities and polices right.”
Baur added, “Members of Congress will no longer get away with ignoring the concerns and needs of communities and citizens for the sake of corporate factory farming’s short-term profits. This most costly and egregious case of corporate welfare is in its final throes, and individuals stuck on the status quo better start thinking about other options, because Americans won’t be cheated much longer.”
About Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif. provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at http://www.farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.
About Brighter Green
Action tank Brighter Green aims to advance public policy on the environment, animals, equity, and rights to ensure a future for all Earth’s inhabitants. On its own and in partnership with other organizations and individuals, Brighter Green generates and incubates research and project initiatives that are both visionary and practical. It produces publications, websites, documentary films, and programs to influence or channel public debate among policy-makers, activists, communities, influential leaders, and the media, with the goal of social transformation at local and international levels. www.brightergreen.org