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American Agriculture Movement opposes efforts to repeal or block COOL

The president of the American Agriculture Movement, Inc. expressed outrage that producer organizations such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council would join with foreign producers and the meat industry to file suit to block Country of Origin Labeling.

“For these organizations to use producer dollars to file a lawsuit to try and keep consumers from knowing where their food is produced is un-American,” said Larry Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan. “Producers are proud of the food we produce here in the United States and want consumers to know where it is grown. Hiding where food is produced and limiting informed choices for parents buying food for their children should be against the law.”

When AAM began in 1977, one of the top goals of the organization was Country of Origin Labeling for all agriculture products. Legislation to mandate labeling was blocked for years by a handful of members of Congress. Now that Congress has passed COOL legislation requiring the labeling of country of origin, supporters are seeing stepped up efforts by those opposing the requirement to repeal the law and attack the implementation in the courts is continuing.

“AAM will stand with organizations and individuals that support COOL and will not sit quietly in the corner. For U.S. producers, we urge you to hold the organization you belong to accountable for their actions,” Matlack said.

Date: 9/02/2013



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